Founded in 2009, Pico has grown to over 480 employees across 19 offices with a global footprint spanning 56 data centers providing mission-critical solutions for more than 430+ financial institutions across leading banks, exchanges, asset managers and trading firms globally.
The company’s strong growth and global expansion are 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 Pico Chairman, Founder and CEO 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.
As Pico’s Chief Operating Officer, Marc is charged with the implementation and execution of the company’s vision and strategy while guiding Pico’s global growth and commercial operations. Marc is responsible for Pico’s global sales, sales operations as well as supply chain teams. He also oversees investor relations, corporate development, business management and strategic planning activities.
He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, across both the buy-side and sell-side, with an extensive background in leading global functions through transformational change. Prior to joining Pico in October 2016, Marc served as the Chief Operating Officer of electronic trading services, market structure and strategic investments at Wells Fargo Securities.
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 University.
As Pico's Global Chief Product Officer, Stacie leads the organization in defining and executing the product strategy as well as driving Pico’s product innovation, continued global expansion, revenue growth and scale through the products organization, which includes the global portfolio of infrastructure, connectivity, data, software and analytics serving the financial services industry.
Stacie brings three decades of exchange and financial technology experience to Pico. She has served as a global software executive and transformation leader of technology and services businesses. Prior to Pico, Stacie managed Nasdaq’s Corporate Solutions division, the global connectivity to Nasdaq’s markets, trading, compliance and risk applications, Nasdaq’s trade reporting platform, as well as other roles in the organization. She listens to clients and brings technological innovation and energy to her roles to optimize the businesses she’s responsible for while accelerating growth and enhancing the client experience.
Stacie serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Business and Economics at Towson University, where she earned a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Marketing.
As Pico's Global Chief Information Officer, Seetharam is the global technology leader of platform and network engineering, software engineering 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 Pico’s Chief Financial Officer, Eric will oversee all financial operations of the firm and play an active role in shaping Pico’s future.
Eric brings over 25 years of financial experience to the Pico leadership team. Prior to joining Pico, Eric served as both Chief Financial Officer and subsequently Chief Executive Officer for American Car Center, a private equity-backed integrated chain of auto dealerships and captive finance company. Before joining American Car Center, Eric served as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer at GATX, a publicly-traded global provider of railcar leasing and services, where he had numerous responsibilities, including treasury, M&A, investment analysis, enterprise risk management, investment risk management and corporate insurance. He also held seats on several executive committees and was an active voice on the leadership team. Eric has held leadership positions in various financial services firms and served on the board of Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance, a leading lessor of commercial aircraft engines.
Eric earned his B.S. in Business and Accounting at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and received his MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
As Pico's Head of Global Client Services, Frank is responsible for global operations, delivery and client success management.
Frank brings over 25+ years of trading technology experience in the Capital Markets industry. Prior to joining Pico, Frank was Managing Director and Head of Global Technology Services at ITG, a multinational agency brokerage and financial markets technology firm, where he led the Global Technology Services organization responsible for Trading Support, Infrastructure, Market Data, Quality Assurance, and Vendor Management. Prior to ITG, Frank was Executive Vice President and Head of Americas Client Services at Reuters where he was responsible for all customer support functions across North and South America including Relationship Management, Customer Help Desk, Technical Account Management and Client Site Engineering.
Frank received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
As Pico’s General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer & Corporate Secretary, Lauren is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal function, providing critical support for Pico’s global operations and growth initiatives. Lauren also oversees corporate governance, compliance, human resources, corporate development and risk management.
Lauren has over 25 years of legal experience, including serving previously as the General Counsel of two public companies, VEREIT, Inc. and Revlon. She began her legal career at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and the boutique litigation firm of Stillman & Friedman, after which she served nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and then worked in house at MacAndrews & Forbes. Lauren has extensive experience overseeing legal and compliance matters, managing the day-to-day functioning of a legal department to advance corporate strategy and working with management and boards of directors to institute appropriate corporate governance processes. Prior to her legal career, Lauren was an accountant and worked at Coopers & Lybrand.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree in economics with a major in accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
As Global Head of Product Innovation, Roland is responsible for the strategy and development of new products, services or processes to drive Pico's expansion.
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 Head of Pico's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) entity, Emma oversees EMEA business management, commercial strategy and global delivery management to support Pico’s regional expansion and revenue growth. Emma works closely and partners with Pico’s 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.
As Pico’s Head of APAC, Dr. Zhou is responsible for driving expansion efforts in Asia Pacific while overseeing all sales, operations, and engineering throughout the region.
Dr. Zhou has more than 15 years of financial markets industry experience and was most recently Partner and Senior Managing Director for IHS Markit (now S&P Global), where her team was responsible for significant growth throughout the region, including the launch in specific key countries such as China, while managing senior client relationships in all APAC markets. Prior to working for IHS Markit, she served in various leadership positions at Bloomberg, such as Company Director and Regional Business Manager for its global fixed income and trading solutions in Hong Kong and New York.
Dr. Zhou holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and earned a Financial Technology Option certificate from the MIT School of Management. She obtained her B.S. degree from Fudan University in China.
As Pico’s Global Head of Human Resources, Chris is responsible for establishing the global people strategy that drives Pico’s ability to attract, engage and retain the best talent across the globe. Chris leads all of the company’s global HR programs, including talent acquisition, total rewards and performance enablement.
He has extensive experience in HR systems improvement and data management, talent and performance management, career development, employee relations, recruitment and retention strategies and general HR operations. In his previous role, Chris served as the Head of Human Resources and Chief People Officer at Unqork, where he built the HR department while helping the organization grow significantly. Prior to Unqork, Chris was the SVP, People Operations for Ask Applications where he worked his way up from an HR generalist, ultimately overseeing the entire HR function with a particular focus on improving processes and systems used by the HR function.
Chris earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration at Marist College and received an M.S. degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College.