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The 2017 Tech 40: Elisha Wiesel

10. Elisha Wiesel
Chief Information Officer
Goldman Sachs Group
Last year: PNR

A reshuffling at the top of Goldman Sachs Group this year led to Elisha Wiesel's becoming chief information officer in January. Wiesel replaced R. Martin Chavez (No. 6 last year) when he was elevated to chief financial officer. Wiesel is carrying on the firm's long-standing tradition of information technology leadership, now riding on a platform architecture championed by Chavez. "We have always been an early adopter and investor in technology — it is part of our culture and a competitive advantage for the firm," says Wiesel, 45, who is the highest-ranking of some 9,000 Goldman engineers, about 25 percent of the firm's total employees. Historically emphasizing software development as a core competency — its proprietary SecDB securities database for pricing and risk management is 25 years old and going strong — Goldman extends its IT reach and influence through a principal strategic investments group that owns stakes in exchanges, trading technology and data analytics businesses, and fintech start-ups. Wiesel points out that Goldman was one of the first banks to use public cloud systems; it worked with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Google to ensure security and the ability to support big-data requirements.

The bank is currently building on the platform strategy, which Chavez has described as "redesigning the whole company around APIs," application programming interfaces that open up Goldman's software and data to clients. Just as Google is an open platform for searching, Goldman presents itself as a platform for financial risk transfer, no longer requiring a telephone call to conduct business. The platform-API approach gives clients direct access to Goldman-developed tools and analytics. It also enables Goldman to innovate rapidly: It took less than 12 months from project inception to the launch last fall of the Marcus online personal-loan platform. Wiesel joined the firm in 1994 in the commodities division — where Chavez had started the year before — as a "strat," one of the computer scientists who work in the revenue-producing divisions and report up to the CIO as well as to their division heads.

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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