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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: Dan Keegan

  • By Peter Vasiliev

5. Dan Keegan
Co-head of Global Equities
Citi
Last year: 7

Dan Keegan's career is distinguished by mastery of modern trading systems: He built JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s electronic execution services business and was head of institutional equities at Automated Trading Desk, a high-tech platform that Citigroup acquired in 2007. Keegan went to Citi in that $680 million deal and has since climbed a few management rungs, but there is no "technology" in his job title — not in literal terms, anyway. Promoted in May 2016 to co-head of global equities after three years as head of equities, Americas, Keegan says the business and the technology on which it runs are not really separable. "I spend more time focusing on technology now as a global head," says the 48-year-old, whose co-leader, Murray Roos, joined Citi from Deutsche Bank in 2015. "In governance and prioritization of tech spending, all decisions by definition have to be taken at a global level," Keegan adds.

He regards the bank's global reach and steady commitment to trading as advantages that could pay off handsomely as some capital-constrained rivals pull back or place bets elsewhere. One fundamental decision that Citi has made is to no longer participate in the algorithmic-strategy arms race. Rather, Citi is relying on machine learning and big data to provide the optimal path for clients to achieve their objectives. "More real-time intelligence is being built into all of our intellectual property," Keegan says, while underscoring an enduring fundamental: "There is much to be done under the banner of automation, but what can never be automated is the relationship and how we as service providers stay close to our clients and build upon the trust created over many years."


The 2017 Trading Tech 40

1. Richard Prager
BlackRock
2. Chris Isaacson
Bats Global Markets
3. Bradley Peterson
Nasdaq
4. Brad Levy
MarkitSERV
5. Dan Keegan
Citi
6. Glenn Lesko
Bloomberg Tradebook
7. Bryan Durkin
CME Group
8. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange
9. Mike Blum
KCG Holdings
10. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group
11. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional
12. Nick Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings
13. Jenny Knott
NEX Optimisation
14. Billy Hult
Tradeweb Markets
15. Rob Park
IEX Group
16. Bill Chow & Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
17. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
MillenniumIT
18. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities
19. Eric Noll
Convergex
20. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology
21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology
22. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange
23. Gaurav Suri
Arcesium
24. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners
25. Michael Chin & Neill Penney
Thomson Reuters
26. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners
27. Anton Katz & Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Management
28. Donal Byrne
Corvil
29. Stu Taylor
Algomi
30. Alfred Eskandar
Portware
31. Steven Randich
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
32. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group
33. Peter Maragos
Dash Financial
34. John Fawcett
Quantopian
35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises
36. Jennifer Nayar
Vela Trading Technologies
37. Dan Raju
Tradier
38. Susan Estes
OpenDoor Trading
39. David Mercer
LMAX Exchange
40. Oki Matsumoto
Monex Group

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