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The 2017 Tech 40: David Rutter

18. David Rutter
Chief Executive Officer
Last year: 18

It is not hard to envision how distributed-ledger technology could streamline some financial industry operations that are in dire need of modernization. Implementation is another matter, requiring an early start in wrangling the necessary partners and teams, agreeing on technology approaches, funding system development, and taking the proverbial arrows in the back for trying to lead the pack. David Rutter has been through all that since co-founding R3 CEV in 2014. Adopting a consortium financing and development model that has attracted more than 80 banks, asset managers, clearinghouses, and others, the blockchain startup appeared to hit a rough patch late last year. Members including Banco Santander, Goldman Sachs Group, and Morgan Stanley pulled out. In April, JPMorgan Chase & Co. followed suit, reportedly preferring its own initiative, Quorum. But on May 23, R3 said it had raised $107 million in Series A funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Ping An of China, and 36 other participants in "the world's largest distributed-ledger technology investment to date." The firm expects to bring in more in an additional tranche, which will be open to R3 members and nonmember institutional investors, later in the year. "R3 has proven the collaborative model can successfully drive innovation in financial services to a degree never before seen," Rutter, 54, former CEO of Prebon Energy and former CEO of ICAP Electronic Broking, said in the funding announcement.

The 2017 Tech 40
1. Adena Friedman
2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of
America Corp.
3. Robert Goldstein
4. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
5. Lance Uggla
IHS Markit
6. Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko
7. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
8. Michael Spencer
NEX Group
9. Don Callahan
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
18. David Rutter
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
35. Sebasti√°n Ceria
36. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives and Kx Systems
37. Tyler Kim
38. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
39. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
40. Jim Minnick

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