Ronan Ryan

Chief Strategy Officer at IEX, Subject of Michael Lewis' Flash Boys

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Ronan Ryan has a gift for drilling down complex and specialized technological concepts to deliver audiences a key takeaway: how technology is helping, hurting, and radically changing your organization and industry. With anecdotes from his own experience—from building high-speed networks for Wall Street power players, to “defecting” to IEX to create a level playing field in the market—Ryan helps audiences understand the role of technology (and ethics) in business. He explores the power of today’s tech advancements to move capitalism forward, while also weighing the question of corporate accountability, compelling businesses to consider their roles as responsible stewards of their clients’ assets.

Members of our audience gravitated to Ronan like kids in a candystore. He was vibrant and colourful and made a great opening speaker to kick off the event.

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About Ronan Ryan

  • Subject of Michael Lewis’ critically acclaimed, best-seller Flash Boys, Ronan Ryan brings to the podium the insider account of the founding of the historic IEX
  • Ronan left a position building the fastest possible networks for the most competitive HFT firms in the country to join Brad Kastsuyama and reverse the damage HFT was doing to investor confidence
  • Ronan’s presentation centers on an important principle that every industry is facing in the Digital Age- technology is king. In order to face the challenges of a digital landscape, companies must fight technology with technology.  Ronan demonstrates how this can be a reality for a company of any size.

As one of the founding members of IEX, network  and infrastructure expert Ronan Ryan is part of the team working to restore trust to the stock market, as chronicled in Michael Lewis’ latest best-seller, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. One of the most provocative books ever to hit the financial market, the story reveals how computerized high-frequency trading (HFT) has allowed certain Wall Street players to work the stock market to their advantage. Brad Katsuyama (former Head of Electronic Trading at RBC and President of IEX) was one of the first to notice how the HFTs were costing his clients millions of dollars. To better understand the technology at the root of such losses (known as “flash crashes”), Brad consulted Ryan,  whose network and cable infrastructure expertise had helped some of the world’s fastest traders become faster.

Ryan was one of few stock market insiders with intimate knowledge of the the inner-workings of HFT. “I learned more from talking to him in an hour than I learned from six months of reading about [high-frequency trading],” Katsuyama says. “The second I met him, I wanted to hire him.” As Chief Strategy  Officer, Ryan, along with Brad and a handful of colleagues, devised a plan to identify and correct the effects of HFT tactics with the creation of IEX, an upstart stock trading venue designed to institutionalize fairness in the market through the use of technology.

Speech Topics

  • Fight Technology with Technology: How to Gain a Competitive Edge
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt to Restore Trust to the Stock Market

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