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The 2017 Tech 40: Michael Cooper

< The 2017 Tech 4038. Michael CooperChief Technology OfficerBT RadianzLast 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 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