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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: Ronald DePoalo

< Wall Street's Nerds: The World's Most Powerful Trading Executives11. Ronald DePoaloChief Information OfficerFidelity InstitutionalLast year: 8

A $2.1 trillion asset manager with more than 25 million individual customers, Fidelity Investments also has an institutional arm that includes clearing and custody businesses with more than $1.9 trillion in assets under administration, and brokerage and trading services for a wide range of intermediary firms. The entire, global enterprise has benefited from "a long-term commitment to investing in technology and innovation — and we've kept that commitment throughout the recent market cycles," says Ronald DePoalo, chief information officer of Fidelity Institutional. "We are focused on providing the best trading experience for both our retail customers and our institutional clients, and that's been resonating with the adoption we're seeing and the client feedback we're getting," the 52-year-old adds, noting that Fidelity is ranked by Barron's magazine as the best online brokerage — and is No. 1 in price improvement on trades and overall execution quality.

He reports increased adoption of Fidelity Institutional's PB Optimize, recently enhanced with Broker Wallet, which estimates a hedge fund's return on assets with each of its providers. Supporting a "consultative approach" to clients' best execution are EX-RAY for transaction cost analysis in equities; HELM, a suite of trade execution tools and analytics; and posttrade analytics for fixed income.

 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