Founded in 2009, by Jarrod Yuster, Pico has grown to over 400+ employees in 10 offices in New York, Chicago, Dublin, London, Madrid, Kraków, Singapore and Tokyo. The company’s strong growth and global expansion was made possible by the Pico team whose leadership consists of highly experienced executives from a variety of backgrounds in the Financial Markets industry.
Jarrod’s role as Chief Executive Officer has constantly been evolving since the Pico’s inception in 2009. Jarrod defines the company vision and leads the executive team on business strategy and execution. His responsibilities include interacting with clients and investors, reviewing and discussing product innovation and global expansion, and ensuring organizational stability. Most importantly, Jarrod is committed to listening to clients, a core principle that is directly responsible for Pico’s growth.
Jarrod has over 20 years of experience in institutional trading. Prior to founding Pico, Jarrod served as Global Head of Electronic Trading at Merrill Lynch, where he oversaw the business from its inception and was responsible for sales, trading, risk, execution service, product development and quantitative analytics for these products worldwide. Before his work on Wall Street, Jarrod served as a product engineer, performing semiconductor research at Intel.
Jarrod is a member of the Yale School of Engineering Leadership Council and serves on the Operating Board for the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY), providing mentorship to Yale student entrepreneurs. Jarrod holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Yale University and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University.
Donal brings over 30 years of experience to Pico, having worked in the fields of high-performance computer systems, network communications, machine learning, and real-time data analytics. As Chief Technology Officer, Donal is responsible for product management, data science, network science, and marketing.
Donal served as Corvil’s CEO for 18 years, driving the company to the number one position for real-time operational visibility and analytics in electronic trading. Preceding his tenure as Corvil CEO, Donal was the Chief Marketing Officer of FirstMark Communications and co-founded Berkeley Networks, later acquired by Fore Systems, where he became Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Donal holds his B.E. and M.Eng.Sc. degrees from University College Dublin. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events and has numerous publications and patents in the field of high-performance computing and low-latency network communication systems.
As Pico’s Chief Administrative Officer, Marc guides Pico’s global growth and operations in close partnership with the CEO. Marc oversees Pico’s business management, investor relations, and procurement and sales operations teams. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a focus on leading business operation functions that support electronic trading.
Prior to Pico, Marc served as the Chief Operating Officer of electronic trading services, market structure and strategic investments at Wells Fargo Securities where he oversaw areas such as program management, product implementation, compliance, and marketing.
Marc graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in Public Justice. He also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Gabelli School of Management at Fordham.
As Pico’s Global Chief Information Officer, Seetharam is the global technology leader of platform and network engineering, software engineering, global delivery management and corporate infrastructure. Seetharam drives efficiency by hiring high performance teams and promoting automation in build, deploy, deliver and support functions. He develops the strategy and vision for IT and engages with clients in understanding and potentially solving technology problems.
Seetharam brings over 20 years of experience to Pico. In his previous role, Seetharam served as the Head of Global Trading Technology at Citadel where he was responsible for leading focus on building trading systems supporting fundamental and quantitative strategies trading globally. Prior to Citadel, Seetharam was the CIO at Point72, responsible for driving technology transformation and innovation by deploying new technologies and new development methodologies. Earlier, he worked at SAC Capital as Co-CTO managing the Application Development stack, as well as the Front and Back Office Technology teams that he built during the initial years of SAC.
Seetharam attended Osmania and Bradely University, as well as receiving his M.B.A in Finance at The University of Connecticut School of Business.
As Chief Financial Officer at Pico, Jason’s responsibilities range from developing financial management strategies to partnering with the senior management team to help create value and develop creative pricing solutions for the company’s clients. In addition to managing the company’s global finances, Jason also heads Pico’s Venue Services team.
Jason has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with areas of expertise in financial management, strategic planning and implementation. Jason previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Dynasty Financial. Prior to Dynasty Financial, Jason served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Convergex Execution Solutions.
Jason is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management.
Kristen brings over 25 years of in-house legal experience to her role as General Counsel at Pico. She is responsible for the company’s legal function, overseeing all legal aspects within Pico. Her day-to-day role includes counseling senior management on legal matters, leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives, providing advice on corporate strategy, managing litigation, and outside counsel, developing and protecting the firm’s intellectual property, and assisting with all internal and corporate policies that touch legal issues.
Kristen heads the Human Resources and Administration function of Pico, responsible for overseeing employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, compensation management, and employee training and development. Kristen also manages Pico’s Information Security, overseeing threat and vulnerability management, security architecture and engineering, governance, risk compliance, and security operations.
In her last General Counsel role, Kristen served as General Counsel of Atari.
She received her undergraduate degree from NYU and her JD from Pace University School of Law.
In his role as Head of Pico’s Asia Pacific (APAC) entity, Roland oversees the company's growth in the region. In this capacity, Roland is responsible for all sales, operations, and engineering in APAC, as well as communicating client needs to drive Pico’s Asia expansion efforts.
Prior to joining Pico, Roland managed European and Asian Trading Operations for a high-frequency trading firm in London. Roland worked for Eurex, specializing in low latency technologies and serving in market operations and business development roles in Chicago and Frankfurt.
Roland received his B.A. in Business and Combined Studies from London Metropolitan University and his M.B.A. from the United Kingdom’s OU Business School.
As Chief Operating Officer, James focuses on leading business operations functions that support Pico in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). James is responsible for network and platform operations, implementing engineering, data center operations, logistics, Corvil operations and analytics, customer education and Salesforce in EMEA locally.
James brings extensive management and execution experience to Pico, having held a variety of senior positions at a pan-European and global level. James served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Corvil, managing product engineering, global technical support, global supply chain management, logistics, corporate IT and client training and certification. Prior to Corvil, James worked as the Vice President for Worldwide Services at Adobe Systems, responsible for technical support and customer services on the creative and enterprise products. He was the CIO at JetForm and held a variety of other consulting and software engineering roles including, Oracle Practice Manager at ICL/Fujitsu.
James holds his M.B.A. from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin.
Emma is Pico’s Chief Commercial Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC). She oversees EMEA and APAC business management and commercial strategy to support Pico’s regional expansion and revenue growth. Emma’s responsibility ranges from Pico’s commercially facing functions to sales operations and procurement. Emma works closely and partners with Pico’s EMEA COO, regarding the overall EMEA Business and Operations.
Emma brings over 20 years of financial technology and data services experience to Pico. She has an extensive background in building and leading global and regional sales teams, as well as broad industry knowledge and client relationships. Prior to joining Pico, Emma led the European Enterprise Sales Group and EMEA Feeds and Connectivity Sales organization at ICE/Interactive Data Corporation and held various positions at Thomson Reuters.
Emma received her Honours degree in Business Studies from Kingston University in London.
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