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The 2017 Tech 40: Michael Cooper

  • By Peter Vasiliev

38. Michael Cooper
Chief Technology Officer
BT Radianz
Last year: 36

The ease of access and favorable economics of cloud computing only begin to explain the revolution it is enabling, according to Michael Cooper. The 54-year-old, who has been watching the cloud unfold since he joined Radianz in 2001, says the technology provides "the ability to implement significant changes quickly, to experiment ad infinitum and with more certainty." The startup's shared telecommunications infrastructure was a precursor of cloud utilities, like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, that emerged later in that decade. Radianz's specialization in financial services made it attractive to the U.K.'s BT Group, which bought the company from Reuters Group for $175 million in 2005. BT Radianz Cloud now offers a high-performance network connecting thousands of global institutions and market participants accessing applications and services from more than 400 providers. This year BT completed the purchase of IP Trade, a provider of unified communications technology for trading floors. Cooper, BT Radianz's chief technology officer since 2010, says that "it is obligatory for anyone in this industry to focus on security and the cyberthreat landscape," noting that BT commits significant resources to cybersecurity.


The 2017 Tech 40
1. Adena Friedman
NASDAQ
2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of
America Corp.
3. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
4. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
5. Lance Uggla
IHS Markit
6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg
7. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
8. Michael Spencer
NEX Group
9. Don Callahan
Citigroup
10. Elisha Wiesel
Goldman Sachs Group
11. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
12. Terrence Duffy
CME Group
13. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
14. Sean Belka
Fidelity Investments
15. Chris Concannon
CBOE Holdings
16. Guy Chiarello
First Data Corp.
17. Steven Lieblich
Citadel
18. David Rutter
R3CEV
19. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings
20. Alfred Spector
Two Sigma Investments
21. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw Group
22. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
23. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
24. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
25. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
26. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.
27. Peter Brown &
Robert Mercer
Renaissance Technologies
28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
29. Peter Cherecwich
Northern Trust Corp.
30. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
31. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group
32. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management
33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services
34. Steven O'Hanlon
Numerix
35. Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
36. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives and Kx Systems
37. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
38. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
39. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
40. Jim Minnick
eVestment

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