Stephen C. Daffron

C. Daffron

Founder, Managing Partner

Stephen Daffron has been a fixture in the development and implementation of technology, data, and operational processes in financial services for well over two decades, having served as Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Data and in senior leadership positions at Morgan Stanley, Renaissance Technologies, and Goldman Sachs.


Stephen was involved in the creation of the earliest electronic trading systems in the early 1990’s, pioneered the operational processes that allowed an explosive growth in derivatives trading and processing, managed the integration of major acquisitions—including Morgan Stanley’s acquisition of Smith Barney—oversaw the growth of technology and operations that spring-boarded the prime brokerage business, moved to the buy-side to supervise the growth of processing capability at one of the industry’s most successful hedge funds, and then into private equity where he was CEO of one of the most successful deals of 2015, Interactive Data.

Stephen served as Head of Operations, Technology and Data at Morgan Stanley, Chief Operating Officer at Jim Simon’s Renaissance Technologies, Managing Director leading Operations and Technology for Global Custody, Securities Processing, and Asset Management at Goldman Sachs, chaired SIFMA’s Operations and Technology committee and served on the board of DTCC, before becoming Chief Executive Officer at Interactive Data.

Before his career on Wall Street, Stephen served in various command and staff positions in the U.S. Army. His education includes a B.S. from USMA, MBA MA, M.Ph. and Ph.D. from Yale.

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