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The 2017 Tech 40: Guy Chiarello

< The 2017 Tech 4016. Guy ChiarelloPresidentFirst Data Corp.Last year: PNR

No online and mobile payments system in the world is bigger than Alipay, a service of Alibaba's Ant Financial Services Group, with 450 million active users. For its entry into North America this year, Alipay turned to the biggest of all payment processors, First Data Corp., with a network serving 6 million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries, handling 2,800 transactions per second, adding up to $2.2 trillion annually. "Staggering" is how First Data president Guy Chiarello describes it — not just the volume numbers, but also the data byproducts, "the macro- and micro-level information" they yield for insights on consumer spending habits and trends. To deal with the complexities and deliver on the opportunities takes a technology company, Chiarello says. First Data is exactly that, with a New York money-center flavor, given that Chiarello has served as chief information officer of Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co., and chair and CEO Frank Bisignano is a former JPMorgan co-COO and former CEO of Citigroup Global Transaction Services. Chiarello, 57, says his experiences as a prominent Wall Street CIO were ideal preparation for $11.6 billion-in-revenue First Data, which, since going public in a record-setting 2015 IPO, has been paying down debt from a Kohlberg Kravis Roberts leveraged buyout and turned profitable in 2016. The debt overhang did not prevent dealmaking and product development like that which followed the 2013 acquisition of Clover, a Silicon Valley remote-payments startup that Chiarello says is a game-changer.

 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