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The 2017 Tech 40: Lou Eccleston

28. Lou Eccleston
Chief Executive Officer
TMX Group
Last year: 27

When Lou Eccleston took over as chief executive officer of Toronto's TMX Group in 2014, he promptly began throwing words like "entrepreneurial" and "technology driven" around what had been a staid exchange-operating holding company. Eccleston set TMX — the owner of trading venues including the Toronto Stock Exchange, Montreal Exchange, and TSX Venture Exchange — on course to being a global technology-enabled services business, while seeking to reverse multiple down years on the bottom line. He had already established a reputation for being unabashed in his embrace of digital disruption in his previous role as president of McGraw Hill Financial's S&P Capital IQ, where his culture-changing efforts included the creation of an innovation hub with Google-like workspaces and amenities. At TMX, Eccleston accomplished a turnaround to what he calls "profitable growth, achieving both record revenue and earnings while continuing to pay down significant amounts of debt" in 2016. In the first quarter of this year, revenue rose 5 percent from a year earlier to $186 million, and income from operations jumped 17 percent to $81 million. "This is the strongest digital effort I have ever been involved in," says Eccleston. At age 60, he says it's full speed ahead.

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. Sebastián 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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