Wall Street 50 – 2015

Ronan Ryan/IEX Group

Ronan Ryan is the Chief Strategy Officer, and co-founder of IEX, a fair, simple & transparent equity trading venue. A graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in International Studies, Ronan has over 18 years’ experience in networking infrastructure. He was the head of Financial Services Development at Switch and Data before moving to RBC Capital Markets, where he became head of Electronic Trading Strategy and was instrumental in developing THOR, RBC’s award-winning trading technology.

Ronan and his parents are all natives of Dublin. He moved to America in 1990 at age 16 and accredits a lot of his business initiative to his Irish heritage, because, as he says, “to be Irish is to be innovative.”

In 2014, he and IEX made global headlines when they were featured prominently in Michael Lewis’s latest best-seller, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, interviews with BBC and a feature on “60 Minutes” all highlighted the success of Ronan’s start-up stock market. In 2015, IEX continued to grow market share to become the 3rd largest Alternative Trading System in the United States. Ronan and his wife Kara have two children, Emma and Jack.