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Leadership Team

Headshot - Exegy CEO Jim O'Donnell

Jim O’Donnell

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. O’Donnell brings 40 years of experience in financial services, including 26 years in executive and board-level positions and 14 years as Vice President at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. As CEO of Bush O’Donnell & Co., Mr. O’Donnell has built a company with subsidiaries in equity money management, venture capital, insurance and manufacturing.

For over a decade, Exegy has delivered mission-critical, low-latency market data to leading market participants. As a result of those invaluable relationships, we bring a level of experience, perspective, and technological expertise that others in our industry simply cannot compete with.

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Rod Arbaugh

Co-President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Arbaugh brings more than 24 years of experience leading software engineering and professional services organizations in Silicon Valley, most recently as Vice President of Engineering at Talarian Corporation, where he led the company through an IPO and eventual acquisition by TIBCO, Inc.

Exegy continues to look for new ways to meet the market data needs of the evolving global marketplace. We have the finest market data engineering and managed services teams in the industry, and they’re laser-focused on solutions that improve access and lower costs for Exegy’s customers around the world.

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David Taylor, D.Sc.

Co-President and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Taylor brings over 20 years of experience designing high-performance computing and networking solutions. Dr. Taylor oversees product strategy, architecture, research and development, and also leads the pre-sales engineering, product management and marketing efforts at Exegy. He is an inventor on 37 United States and 29 international patents and patents-pending. Prior to joining Exegy, Dr. Taylor served on the faculty and researched high-performance computer networks at the Applied Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis.

Exegy has a relentless commitment to innovation, as evidenced by our expansive intellectual property portfolio. In addition to continuously improving our real-time market data solutions, we have made significant investments in artificial intelligence and machine learning for real-time trading signals.  Our technical vision is to offer transformative capabilities to trading businesses by providing actionable information that is not only fast, but predictive.

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Craig Schachter

Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Schachter is responsible for setting and leading the organization’s global go-to-market strategy and execution, he focuses on superior business outcomes for the customer base. Mr. Schachter comes to Exegy with over 25 years of experience as a sales leader in global software, data, and service companies. More than just knowing the industry, Mr. Schachter is a passionate and empathetic leader of people, specializing in building and cultivating relationships. Prior to coming to Exegy, Mr. Schachter was responsible for relationship management across SS&C Technologies’ Financial Services Group. He also held senior leadership roles at Finastra, FIS, SunGard, and Xcitek / XSP, where he developed a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and network within all the major verticals within financial services and FinTech operations.

“I’m excited to join Exegy at this pivotal time and help drive the next phase of growth for our company. With the backing of Marlin Equity Partners, we are uniquely positioned to bring new and innovative products to market, adding immediate value for our buy- and sell-side customers in the electronic trading space. We have amazingly talented people here and state-of-the-art patented technology that will continue to lead the industry.”

David Foster CFO

David Foster

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Foster comes to Exegy with over 30 years of accounting and financial experience representing a wide variety of industries and categories, including the Fintech sector. Most recently, at Giact Systems (a Refinitiv company) he led and managed all the finance and accounting functions of a private equity-backed company and aided in driving overall growth through strategic planning, while assisting in increasing operational efficiencies. Mr. Foster also brings to Exegy core competencies in the pre-IPO, merger/acquisition and divestiture process, and the associated follow-on integration activities that are centered around the alignment of strategic goals and their respective metrics.

Exegy is a true leader in its markets and is on a trajectory to grow significantly both organically and through acquisition. The team is exceptional and has shown the ability to deliver innovative new products to its chosen global markets. I am excited to be joining the company at this time to help the team drive performance. Marlin Equity Partners is a strong supporter of the team and the business in order to continue to scale and outperform our goals and objectives.”

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