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The 2017 Tech 40: Neal Pawar

< The 2017 Tech 4032. Neal PawarChief Technology OfficerAQR Capital ManagementLast year: 38

Open sourcing, or freely allowing computer code to be tested and enhanced by developers, is embraced almost everywhere these days. It's a value that Neal Pawar has instilled in AQR Capital Management in his three years as chief technology officer. Pawar doesn't take all the credit, though. He says the Greenwich, Connecticut-based firm was open sourcing, in a sense, from its start in 1998. For example, its website has a "Cliff's Perspective" section for regular postings by managing and founding principal Clifford Asness, and a library page that says, "Our mindset is to share our discoveries and insights to advance the collective wisdom of the world's investment community." Pawar, 45, leads a team of more than 200 technologists on the mission of identifying and deploying the systems, technologies, and tools best suited to AQR's highly quantitative needs. That means keeping pace with its growing business: AQR's $187.6 billion in both traditional and alternative assets under management as of March 31 was an increase of 22 percent year-over-year, while its employee count of 793 was a 23 percent increase. The firm has also added new capabilities in such areas as cloud computing and advanced analytics through data visualization.


 The 2017 Tech 40Click below to view profiles
1. Adena FriedmanNASDAQ2. Catherine BessantBank of
America Corp.3. Robert GoldsteinBlackRock4. Jeffrey SprecherIntercontinental Exchange5. Lance UgglaIHS Markit
6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad KliatchkoBloomberg7. David CraigThomson Reuters8. Michael SpencerNEX Group9. Don CallahanCitigroup10. Elisha WieselGoldman Sachs Group
11. Michael BodsonDepository Trust & Clearing Corp.12. Terrence DuffyCME Group13. Charles LiHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing14. Sean BelkaFidelity Investments15. Chris ConcannonCBOE Holdings
16. Guy ChiarelloFirst Data Corp.17. Steven LieblichCitadel18. David RutterR3CEV19. Blythe MastersDigital Asset Holdings20. Alfred SpectorTwo Sigma Investments
21. Neil KatzD.E. Shaw Group22. Lee OleskyTradeweb Markets23. Richard McVeyMarketAxess Holdings24. David GledhillDBS Bank25. Seth MerrinLiquidnet Holdings
26. Antoine ShagouryState Street Corp.27. Peter Brown &
Robert Mercer
Renaissance Technologies28. Lou EcclestonTMX Group29. Peter CherecwichNorthern Trust Corp.30. Mike ChinnS&P Global Market Intelligence
31. Chris CorradoLondon Stock Exchange Group32. Neal PawarAQR Capital Management33. Gary NorcrossFidelity National Information Services34. Steven O'HanlonNumerix35. Sebastián CeriaAxioma
36. Brian ConlonFirst Derivatives and Kx Systems37. Tyler KimMaplesFS38. Michael CooperBT Radianz39. Robert SchifelliteBroadridge Financial Solutions40. Jim MinnickeVestment