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TradeWind Markets hires Leon Shklar from BNY Mellon as CTO

Christian Wylonis · July 9, 2019
Leon Shklar
Tradewind Markets CTO Leon Shklar

Leon Shklar has joined Tradewind Markets as Chief Technology Officer where he will be responsible for all aspects of the firm’s technology including architecture, infrastructure, business applications, and innovation. Shklar was most recently Managing Director (Technology) at BNY Mellon. The hire follows the appointment of Michael Albanese who joined the company as Chief Executive Officer from JP Morgan in April.

Tradewind Markets is a financial technology company that enables physical assets to be traded, settled, and mobilized with increased confidence, security, transparency, and cost efficiency. Tradewind created a digital precious metals market that uses blockchain technology to streamline custody, trade execution, settlement and the maintenance of supply chain information.

In a statement, Albanese said: “Having started with precious metals, our mission is to make alternative assets more accessible to investors, lenders, and borrowers through digitization. We are excited to welcome Leon to our executive team to bring this vision to life. Leon is a highly accomplished technologist with a history of successful implementation of web, mobile, and retail platforms across notable technology, finance, and media firms. He has a proven track record of delivering large-scale internet applications and has built and led global software development teams.”

During his tenure at BNY Mellon, Shklar led the development of a platform that facilitated the integration of business applications across the bank. He spearheaded the acquisition of a technology company in Israel and was a founding Board Member of BNY Mellon Tel Aviv. Previously, Leon worked for Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds globally. Leon also held technical leadership roles at the New York Times, Thomson Reuters, WSJ / Dow Jones where he was responsible for developing and scaling software across a global, distributed user base.

Check out Tradewind Market's updated org chart here.

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