Meet the Team
Get to know our leaders.
CHAIRMAN & CEO
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.
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.
PRESIDENT & CFO
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.
Craig Mohan spent his career pushing the possibilities of how data and technology services can drive growth for his customers.
As Chief Growth Officer, Craig oversees TT’s new product development and growth initiatives with a particular focus on data and infrastructure.
Craig recently served as CME Group’s Managing Director of Market Technology and Data Services. He also served as an investment committee member of CME Ventures and Managing Director of Co-location and Data Center Services. Prior to CME, he held technology leadership positions at Citadel, Shoppertrak and Accenture.
Craig received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
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.
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.
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.