2017: A Year in Profiles

Waters profiled 12 C-level executives in 12 months.

Steven Maijoor Esma

This year, Waters travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the US and met with capital markets leaders, discussing everything from technology and innovation, to business strategies and regulations, as well as personal and professional career paths.

Robert Scharfe, LuxSE

January: Robert Scharfe, Luxebourg Stock Exchange 

Within almost four years from the time he was appointed CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Robert Scharfe has transformed “tiny Luxembourg” into a global competitive market by taking on a number of groundbreaking initiatives. He talks with Aggelos Andreou about how he rebuilt LuxSE and what it takes to succeed in the financial services world.
Keith Lubell has a diverse background, and has spent the last 15 years overseeing investment bank Berkery Noyes’ technology. The CTO talks with Anthony Malakian about the importance of taming data and where that might lead his firm over the next decade.
Fidelity International’s chief technology and operations officer, Ian Thompson, talks to Waters about his new role at the firm, marrying the technology and operations departments to create new synergies between the two, as he seeks to overhaul the organization’s global technology infrastructure.


Anthony Johnson JPM
Timothy Fadek

April: Anthony Johnson, JPMorgan

Anthony Johnson is passionate about information security. He’s similarly passionate about helping mentor individuals from minority groups and women in the white, male-dominated world of capital markets technology. As hackers become more sophisticated, new ideas will be required to combat them, and diversity might just provide the catalyst for the propagation of some of those new ideas.
Emilia David profiles US Bank’s chief operational risk officer Jodi Richard and looks at how the bank tackles op risk and the extent to which its risk disciplines are integrated into the business.

June: Boon Chye Loh, Singapore Exchange

Taking care of a stock exchange is no easy feat. It takes humility, strength and amusing life principles from certain animal groups to help navigate through challenging times. Wei-Shen Wong sits down with SGX CEO Boon Chye Loh to learn about those principles and how SGX is looking to expand.
Josh Jacobson, Cheyne Capital
July: Josh Jacobson, Cheyne Capital
Alternative asset management firms can be tricky beasts to comprehend with their portfolios of esoteric products that require specialized technologies in today’s marketplace. Cheyne Capital’s Josh Jacobson talks to John Brazier about how he is focusing on improving investment performance at the firm, the significant influences of behavioral biases, and how it all started with a golf club.
In 1992, somewhere in Copenhagen, a 26-year-old decides to become a broker. He buys a telephone from a local store and along with a friend, sets up a small broking company. In 2017, in the same city, a 51-year-old stands at the top of a winding staircase in an impressive office, supervising his firm’s global operations. Meet Saxo Bank’s CEO, Kim Fournais.
CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange, Christoph Boschan talks to Aggelos Andreou about mixing finance with law, Mifid II’s flaws, and how Wiener Borse is avoiding a “massive technology trap.”

October: Andrew Powers, Polen Capital


When Polen Capital decided that it wanted to reduce dozens of software interfaces, expand its product mix, move all of its applications to the cloud and decrease its reliance on middle-office personnel, the firm know that it was a tall order. Andrew Powers, the man brought in to fill that order, reflects on his background and the asset manager’s year-long transformation.

November: Furio Pietribiasi, Mediolanum Asset Management

The Italian managing director of Mediolanum AM explains why technology is critical to today’s financial services industry.

December: Steven Maijoor, ESMA
Europe’s top markets cop talks to Waters about Mifid II and III, Brexit, no-action letters, clearinghouses and the regulator’s future.


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