The 2014 Tech 50: Stephen Neff
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The 2014 Tech 50: Stephen Neff

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Stephen Neff

Enterprise Chief Technology Officer

Fidelity Investments

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Fidelity Investments has $1.9 trillion of assets under management, but the heart of a technology company beats within the firm. Enterprise CTO Stephen Neff manages a $2.5 billion annual budget and chairs a council of 13 chief information officers from the business lines, which in turn are supported by a global technology workforce of 13,000. And yet, Neff says, Fidelity restated its strategy this year to underscore the importance of technology to serving its more than 20 million individual and 5,000 institutional customers. “We want to offer the very best customer experience by providing solutions at scale that are outcome-based rather than product- or security-based, and we want to use technology to advance that vision,” explains the 62-year-old, who joined Boston-based Fidelity in 1996 and has been CTO since January 2013. “The way we deliver experiences is changing,” he adds. “Customers want to view financial solutions in the context of their own personalized world. That means we need to take a holistic view of their relationships and how they engage with technology.” Fidelity developed online and mobile services faster than other companies. Now its Center for Applied Technology is working to get a jump on such emerging trends as wearables (apps for Google Glass and Pebble Watch) and data visualization. A companywide “intrapreneurship” initiative is under way “to source good ideas and get them into a development pipeline,” Neff says.


 

The 2014 Tech 50



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Teri Pengilley

Thomas Secunda

Bloomberg Jeffrey Sprecher

Intercontinental Exchange Catherine Bessant

Bank of America Corp. Stephen Neff

Fidelity Investments Lance Uggla

Markit 6

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Mark McQueen

Robert Goldstein

BlackRock David Craig

Thomson Reuters Phupinder Gill

CME Group Anna Ewing

NASDAQ

OMX Group R. Martin Chavez

Goldman Sachs Group 11

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Christopher Elston

Deborah Hopkins

Citi Ventures Dan Mathisson

Credit Suisse Daniel Coleman

KCG Holdings Michael Spencer

ICAP Michael Bodson

Depository Trust &

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Todd Plitt

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Joe Ratterman

BATS Global Markets Dominique Cerutti

Euronext Ron Levi

GFI Group Gaurav Suri

D.E. Shaw Group Charles Li

Hong Kong

Exchanges and

Clearing 21

Lou Eccleston
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Lou Eccleston

S&P Capital IQ Lee Olesky

Tradeweb Markets Richard McVey

MarketAxess Holdings Seth Merrin

Liquidnet Holdings Antoine
Shagoury

London Stock

Exchange Group 26

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Production

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Wayne R. Martin

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Thorsten Jansen

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Adam B. Auel

Christopher
Perretta

State Street Corp. Kevin Rhein

Wells Fargo & Co. Peter Carr

Morgan Stanley Hauke Stars

Deutsche Börse Robert Alexander

Capital One

Financial Corp. 31

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Stephen Brashear

David Gershon

SuperDerivatives Chris Corrado

MSCI Joseph Squeri

Citadel Tanuja Randery

BT Global Services John Bates

Software AG 36

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Gary Scholten

Principal Financial Group David Gledhill

DBS Bank Simon Garland

Kx Systems Cristóbal Conde

FinTech Innovation Lab Jeff Parker

EidoSearch 41

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Lars Seier Christensen

Saxo Bank Kenneth Marlin

Marlin & Associates Tyler Kim

MaplesFS Jim McGuire

Charles Schwab Corp. Jim Minnick

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David Poultney

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Steven O’Hanlon

Numerix Sebastián Ceria

Axioma Yasuki Okai

Nomura Research Institute Niki Beattie

Market Structure Partners Mas Nakachi

OpenGamma

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