Meet the Team
Get to know our leaders.
CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As Chairman and CEO of Trading Technologies, Rick inspires and guides TT’s vision, collaborating across all levels to drive technology innovation.
Rick first joined the company when TT acquired the firm he cofounded, TickIt Trading Systems. At TickIt, Rick was the architect of ADL®, the trading industry’s first visual programming platform, which is now fully integrated with both the TT and X_TRADER® platforms.
Rick returned to TT in 2012 to oversee the reconstruction of TT’s entire architecture as CTO. He was named CEO in February 2014 and Chairman of the Board in December 2018.
Rick holds a degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Russ Cotton is a guardian of operational stability with an unrelenting focus on system assurance.
Russ manages the site reliability engineering and global support teams. In addition, he oversees the global operations, security and IT organizations.
Most recently serving as VP of Operations at Intercontinental Exchange, Russ was responsible for system integration and global service operations. He also provided key leadership for risk mitigation as well as regulatory and compliance management. Before ICE, he held various technical positions at Morgan Stanley and CQG.
Russ attended the University of Texas at Austin and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
EVP CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Kara Grygotis is a customer-centric leader who understands every phase of the client lifecycle in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) industry.
Kara directs TT’s global Customer Success organization, ensuring seamless product on-boarding and day-to-day client services. She focuses on account management, working closely with TT’s customers and business partners worldwide.
Prior to TT, Kara spent the bulk of her career at Backstop Solutions Group, where she most recently was VP of Relationship Management. She built a team and program that helped clients grow and scale, resulting in sustained high client retention and satisfaction. She also held roles at Backstop in professional services, implementation and client services. Previously, she worked for Avery Partners in New York.
Kara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.
PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Michael Kraines has dedicated his entire career to helping financial technology companies flourish and grow.
As President, Michael oversees TT’s global sales organization and directs business development and commercial partnerships. He also serves as Chief Financial Officer, focusing on the company’s strategy, financial and operational growth model, administration and venture investments.
As a veteran investment banker with over 25 years of Wall Street experience, Michael has completed over $35 billion of transactions. Before joining TT, Michael served as managing director at both Sandler O’Neill + Partners and Wasserstein Perella & Co., and as a venture capital attorney with Kirkland & Ellis.
Michael received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Brian Mehta built his career with a deep understanding and passion for the role technology plays in our daily lives.
Brian leads the marketing team to promote the Trading Technologies brand, manage product launches and advance the conversation on how we drive progress in our industry, and in the global trading community.
Prior to TT, Brian was Head of North America Marketing for Motorola Mobility, where he spearheaded key marketing initiatives—from the NFL partnership to product launches. He previously worked at U.S. Cellular, Alcatel and AT&T.
Brian has his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Roger Mills has a passion for detail that has driven him throughout his entire career in finance.
Roger is responsible for the global financial operations of Trading Technologies, including financial reporting, planning, taxation, treasury and procurement.
Before assuming his current role, Roger served as the company’s controller. A Certified Public Accountant, Roger has worked in financial positions with privately and publicly held companies including HealthStar and Oxford Health Plans.
Roger, who is a native of South Africa, received his MBA and undergraduate degree in International Business from the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
EVP ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
Throughout his decades-long career, Bharat has immersed himself in all aspects of software engineering, from software design, development and network engineering to testing and deployment.
Today, Bharat oversees all aspects of TT’s global engineering enterprise encompassing software engineering, quality engineering, and network and systems engineering.
Prior to joining TT, he held software engineering roles at Siemens Healthcare, Corel Corporation and Wipro.
Bharat, who is a native of India, received his undergraduate degree in computer science from National Institute of Technology Karnataka.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Mike Ryan has critical expertise in intellectual property, software agreements and contracts while understanding the needs of the business.
As Chief Legal Officer, Mike is responsible for all legal matters affecting the corporation, including licensing, service and hosting agreements, consulting agreements, employment, property leasing and vendor contracts. In addition to his legal responsibilities, Mike manages TT’s Administration, Human Resources and Facilities departments.
Before joining TT, Mike was an attorney at Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly, where he was a member of the insurance and general litigation departments.
Mike is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and DePaul University College of Law.
MANAGING DIRECTOR SALES AMERICAS
Guy Scott is a problem-solver who honed his global sales skills over three decades.
As Trading Technologies’ Managing Director, Sales Americas, Guy directs sales throughout the Americas, serving as the primary lead on sell-side relationships and buy-side sales.
Prior to TT, Guy worked in London and Chicago for FutureSource.
Guy earned an undergraduate degree and a post-graduate certificate from Leeds Metropolitan University.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Jason builds product solutions with learned insight and a dedicated focus on the trader.
As head of product management, Jason leads implementation of TT’s various lines of business for the trading platform, infrastructure and data. He also spearheads the strategy for new product development, product integration and experience for client-centric solutions.
Previously, he served as Line of Business manager for execution services and also led a group within TT's in-house trading entity focused on algorithmic commodity trading.
Jason graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
MANAGING DIRECTOR SALES EMEA
Born and raised in South Africa, London-based Steve Stewart truly understands global business.
As Trading Technologies’ Managing Director, Sales EMEA, Steve directs commercial efforts throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, serving as the primary lead on sell-side relationships and buy-side sales.
Previously, he worked for FutureSource in London.
Steve earned his undergraduate degree from Hilton College.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Melissa focuses on building high performing teams and a culture of continuous improvement.
As Chief of Staff, Melissa identifies areas where change is needed to optimize our teams, workflows and tools for greater organizational effectiveness. She guides the executive team and inspires engagement in our teams to drive change on product delivery, processes and strategic issues throughout the organization.
Prior to holding various product and engineering project management positions at TT, she served as a Consulting Manager at Accenture in Financial Services and Healthcare.
Melissa has an undergraduate degree in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago.