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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: R. Cromwell Coulson

< Wall Street's Nerds: The World's Most Powerful Trading Executives32. R. Cromwell CoulsonPresident and Chief Executive OfficerOTC Markets GroupLast year: 34

Exchange listing is costly and, when reporting and other management burdens are factored in, unattractive for many small public companies. OTC Markets Group offers an alternative path to visibility and liquidity and, for some, a stepping-stone onto an exchange. Some 10,000 securities trade on the New York–based company's three platforms. The top-tier OTCQX, marking its tenth anniversary in 2017, serves 399 domestic and global issuers with an aggregate $1.4 trillion in market capitalization. Its $36.8 billion in annual dollar volume represents 20 percent of the total for all over-the-counter securities.

That market, the middle-tier OTCQB Venture Market, and OTC Pink are more than just trading venues. OTC Markets Group, led by president and CEO R. Cromwell Coulson since 1997, aims to create favorable conditions for trading, transparency, disclosures, and analytics. The strategy is increasingly data-driven; 2016 saw the introduction of an online Research Marketplace to encourage independent analysis of OTCQX and OTCQB companies; a Compliance Analytics offering; and execution-quality and market maker performance metrics on the company's OTC Link alternative trading system. "The fastest execution is not always the best execution," Coulson, 50, notes. Armed with the data, "broker-dealers might tell market makers to slow down to get better execution quality."

 The 2017 Trading Tech 40Click below to view profiles
1. Richard PragerBlackRock2. Chris IsaacsonBats Global Markets3. Bradley PetersonNasdaq4. Brad LevyMarkitSERV5. Dan KeeganCiti
6. Glenn LeskoBloomberg Tradebook7. Bryan DurkinCME Group8. Mayur KapaniIntercontinental Exchange9. Mike BlumKCG Holdings10. Raj MahajanGoldman Sachs Group
11. Ronald DePoaloFidelity Institutional12. Nick ThemelisMarketAxess Holdings13. Jenny KnottNEX Optimisation14. Billy HultTradeweb Markets15. Rob ParkIEX Group
16. Bill Chow & Richard LeungHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing17. John Mackay (Mack) GillMillenniumIT18. Paul HamillCitadel Securities19. Eric NollConvergex20. Veronica AugustssonCinnober Financial Technology
21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua WalskyBroadway Technology22. Alasdair HaynesAquis Exchange23. Gaurav SuriArcesium24. Manoj NarangMana Partners25. Michael Chin & Neill PenneyThomson Reuters
26. Robert SloanS3 Partners27. Anton Katz & Stephen MockAQR Capital Management28. Donal ByrneCorvil29. Stu TaylorAlgomi30. Alfred EskandarPortware
31. Steven RandichFinancial Industry Regulatory Authority32. R. Cromwell CoulsonOTC Markets Group33. Peter MaragosDash Financial34. John FawcettQuantopian35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises
36. Jennifer NayarVela Trading Technologies37. Dan RajuTradier38. Susan EstesOpenDoor Trading39. David MercerLMAX Exchange40. Oki MatsumotoMonex Group