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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: Jennifer Nayar

  • By Peter Vasiliev

36. Jennifer Nayar
Chief Executive Officer
Vela Trading Technologies
Last year: 38

SR Labs, a Wall Street systems and consulting house founded in 2007, raised its profile with the July 2014 acquisition of Wombat Financial Software from Intercontinental Exchange's NYSE Technologies. Jennifer Nayar, a trading technology veteran who had most recently served as chief of staff at Goldman Sachs Group spin-off (and now Thomson Reuters subsidiary) REDI Holdings, became CEO of SR Labs in June 2015. A year later the high-performance trading and market data systems company was renamed Vela Trading Technologies, symbolic of its mission "to simplify how firms interact with the markets and increase efficiency" and "combining the best of our two historic companies' cultures," Nayar said at the time.

A November announcement of new data feed handlers indicated the geographic and asset class breadth of Vela's activities, ranging from the Australian Securities Exchange (derivatives), to the National Stock Exchange of India and the pan-European Aquis Exchange (equities), to Bats Global Markets' foreign exchange and options platforms. Also in November, Nayar brought on Brian Cassin, formerly of S&P Global and Thomson Financial, and Ollie Cadman from ICE's Interactive Data Corp. as joint heads of product and strategy. They will be "instrumental in helping Vela continue to create, build, and deliver new and innovative trading and market data software products to the global marketplace," Nayar, 49, says. In terms of innovation and experimentation, she says the firm is exploring potential enhancements to its consolidated data feed, along with cloud services and opportunities in "adjacent markets" such as energy.


The 2017 Trading Tech 40
1. Richard Prager
BlackRock
2. Chris Isaacson
Bats Global Markets
3. Bradley Peterson
Nasdaq
4. Brad Levy
MarkitSERV
5. Dan Keegan
Citi
6. Glenn Lesko
Bloomberg Tradebook
7. Bryan Durkin
CME Group
8. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange
9. Mike Blum
KCG Holdings
10. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group
11. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional
12. Nick Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings
13. Jenny Knott
NEX Optimisation
14. Billy Hult
Tradeweb Markets
15. Rob Park
IEX Group
16. Bill Chow & Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
17. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
MillenniumIT
18. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities
19. Eric Noll
Convergex
20. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology
21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology
22. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange
23. Gaurav Suri
Arcesium
24. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners
25. Michael Chin & Neill Penney
Thomson Reuters
26. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners
27. Anton Katz & Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Management
28. Donal Byrne
Corvil
29. Stu Taylor
Algomi
30. Alfred Eskandar
Portware
31. Steven Randich
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
32. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group
33. Peter Maragos
Dash Financial
34. John Fawcett
Quantopian
35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises
36. Jennifer Nayar
Vela Trading Technologies
37. Dan Raju
Tradier
38. Susan Estes
OpenDoor Trading
39. David Mercer
LMAX Exchange
40. Oki Matsumoto
Monex Group

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