Speakers

 

Vanessa Barnett

Head of Product Strategy, Dow Jones

George Bollenbacher

George Bollenbacher

Head of Fixed Income Research, TABB Group

George Bollenbacher is the Head of Fixed Income Research. He spent twenty years as a bond trader and ten years in the technology business. For the last twenty years he has assisted many banks, asset managers and custodians in implementing process and technology changes. He is the author of The Professional’s Guide to the US Government Securities Market and The New Business of Banking, as well as many articles on the evolution of the financial markets.

Ryan Burdick

Ryan Burdick

Senior VP Business Development and Global Sales, Xignite

Ryan has over fifteen years of expertise in financial information technology, data and analytics sales having led several companies through rapid growth and profitability. At Xignite, Ryan is responsible for the global sales and business development teams for the company’s Data-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings. Prior to Xignite, Ryan served as Head of Client Management North America for IHS Markit, leading a team responsible for managing the company’s enterprise software clients. Prior to IHS Markit he was Vice President at S&P Capital IQ responsible for sales and business development for the company’s large portfolio of complex enterprise data and analytics solutions servicing financial institutions as well as financial technology clients. In addition, he also has held senior sales positions at Standard and Poor’s across various commercial teams; credit, risk analytics and desktop.

Clive  Crook

Clive Crook

Head of Editorial Board, Bloomberg

Clive Crook is a writer, editor and member of the editorial board at Bloomberg Opinion.
After moving from Britain to the United States in 2005, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and chief Washington commentator and associate editor of the Financial Times. Previously he worked for more than 20 years at The Economist, as economics correspondent, Washington correspondent, economics editor, and deputy editor. In that last post he helped shape the paper’s editorials across its full range of interests in business, politics and international relations.
He was born in Yorkshire, raised in Lancashire, and educated at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics. He was an official in H.M. Treasury and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

Tom Davin, FIA

Tom Davin, FIA

Managing Director, FISD

Tom Davin is Managing Director, Financial Information Services Association (FISD) of the SIIA. FISD is the global, neutral forum for the financial information industry with a diverse membership that includes major market data vendors, exchanges, technology providers, and the financial institutions that utilize financial data products. Tom works closely with FISD members to identify major issues and seek opportunities to bring the financial information industry together to discuss and resolve those issues. FISD conducts regular membership events in North America, Europe, Asia, Brazil, and Australia and hosts the biennial World Financial Information Conference – the premiere global industry conference for financial information professionals.

Burr Eckstut

Burr Eckstut

Co-Chair of Fintech Initiative, Covington & Burling

Burr Eckstut advises clients on transactions involving intellectual property, technology, and data, including the negotiation of agreements for strategic alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions, licensing, technology services, and outsourcing.

Mr. Eckstut is co-chair of Covington’s Fintech Initiative and has particular expertise with technology and data partnerships in the financial services industry, including payment cards and systems, cryptoassets, blockchain technology, market and reference data, digital banking, and financial analytics. Mr. Eckstut is also the Corporate lead for Covington’s Futures and Derivatives practice, drawing on experience in transactions involving trading platforms and exchanges, benchmarks, clearinghouses, and other critical elements of financial markets.

Armando Gonzalez

Armando Gonzalez

President & CEO, RavenPack

Armando Gonzalez is President & CEO of RavenPack, the leading provider of big data analytics for financial institutions. Armando is an expert in applied big data and artificial intelligence technologies. He has designed systems that turn unstructured content into structured data, primarily for financial trading applications. Armando is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on automated text and sentiment analysis. His commentary and research has appeared in leading business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, among many others. Armando holds degrees in Economics and International Business Administration from the American University in Paris and is a recognized speaker at academic and business conferences across the globe.

Yimei Guo

Yimei Guo

MD, Global Head of Investment Research Technology, Morgan Stanley

 

Barbara Lee

VP Sales & Client Development, Visible Alpha

Barbara Lee is Vice President of Sales and Client Development at Visible Alpha, based in New York. In this role, Barbara is responsible for driving business for Visible Alpha product suites across North America institutional clients.
Prior to joining the firm, she held a variety of roles within Bank of America Global Banking & Markets, including sales on the Hedge Fund Services and Electronic Trading Sales Team. In this role, Lee was responsible for specific initiatives designed to drive market share with hedge fund clients, as well as driving business across U.S. Electronic Trading. While on the Client Distribution COO team, her focus was on profitability analysis and account management. Earlier she was on the International Swaps and Synthetic Finance team, as well as on the business management team for Global Research. Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University.

Tony McManus

Tony McManus

CIO Enterprise Data, Bloomberg L.P.

 

Tim Mund

Sr. Global Sales Director, CenturyLink

Feargal O'Sullivan

Feargal O'Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer, USAM

Feargal O’Sullivan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of USAM Group Inc., a New York City based, sales outsourcing firm focused on the Financial Services technology industry. A proven business leader with a rare combination of sales management and business ownership experience, Mr. O’Sullivan brings both passion and technical knowledge to bear when helping firms succeed in the FinTech space.

Until January 2014, Mr. O’Sullivan worked as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Sales at NYSE Technologies Inc., the commercial technology unit of the New York Stock Exchange. In this role, Feargal was responsible for a team of over 70 sales professionals in six financial centers throughout the world. His team was focused on delivering solutions to complex customer challenges by driving a new paradigm in trading technology: highly secure and highly reliable, next-generation shared services, deployed in a fully managed, industry focused, cloud-computing environment. Insisting on the highest standards in service while driving out cost through the consolidation of duplicative systems across all capital markets firms, this model is changing how trading firms do business.

Mr. O’Sullivan has 20-years of experience helping financial services firms build and deploy trading platforms. In 1995, Mr. O’Sullivan joined the end-user technology group at BlackRock Financial Management, where he supported a wide-range of business users until moving to TIBCO Finance Technology, Inc. in 1997 as a field engineer. When TIBCO Finance merged into Reuters America, LLC, he served seven years as a Senior Solution Sales Specialist with a focus on the Reuters Market Data System and TIBCO enterprise integration suite of products. After a brief stint at startup hardware accelerated vendor, Tervela, Mr. O’Sullivan joined NYSE Euronext in March 2009.

Barry Raskin, FIA

Barry Raskin, FIA

Managing Director, Jordan & Jordan

Barry Raskin (FIA) joined Jordan & Jordan (J&J) in January 2016 as Managing Director of Management Consulting. After a 28 year career as the Managing Director of the Americas for SIX Financial Information and a similar role at GBST, a financial software firm, Barry joined Jordan & Jordan. J&J is the premier financial technology company providing regulatory, market data and trading solutions across the securities industry. Barry’s extensive industry experience and network across all disciplines, enables him to provide J&J’s clients with a wide range of consultative services based on clients’ requirements. Barry received the FISD Lifetime Achievement award in 2017 for his achievements in the market data industry and was also inducted into the Inside Market Data Hall of Fame in 2013. He has been a frequent industry panelist and speaker and holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Buffalo.

Joe Rothermich, CFA

Joe Rothermich, CFA

Head of Labs, Americas, Refinitiv

Joe Rothermich is the Head of Labs – Americas at Refinitiv. He leads innovation for our labs in San Francisco and New York as well as StarMine Research, a provider of quantitative models to institutional investors. The labs are applying emerging technologies such as machine learning, AI, and alternative data to create new tools and sources of insight for the financial markets. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Joe was a quantitative portfolio manager at a Lincoln Vale LLC, a Fintech startup founder, and a consultant at Accenture and data science consulting firms. Joe received an M.Sc. in Natural Computation from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a B.S. in Systems Analysis from Miami University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Salvatore Sferrazza

Salvatore Sferrazza

Solution Architect, Google

A 20-year technology veteran for the capital markets, e-commerce and media verticals, Sal brings a pragmatic philosophy and broad expertise to technology teams tasked with ambitious objectives. Prior to Google, his efforts as lead architect for FIS's Consolidated Audit Trail finalist bid saw him championing secure public cloud solutions for a post-trade market surveillance repository referred to by CNBC as the “biggest database in the world”. As Solution Architect for Google’s Cloud Platform, he helps customers build and migrate complex environments to the public cloud.

T'Shae Sherman

T'Shae Sherman

Associate , Covington & Burling


T’Shae Sherman is a member of the firm’s Technology and IP Transactions Practice Group. Her practice focuses on the intersection of financial services and technology, including in the banking and payments industries, where she focuses on advising clients on strategic alliances involving the licensing, use and outsourcing of intellectual property, technology, and data.

Ms. Sherman’s background combines corporate and commercial transactional experience with regulatory compliance experience, including with respect to matters involving the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission and their respective regulatory regimes.

 

Matthew Toole

Director, Deals Intelligence, Refinitiv