Drew Shields is executive director at PDT Partners. He has been in that role since August 2019.
Previously, he was the chief technology officer at Trading Technologies (TT), where he was promoted from director of product management in June 2015. He led the TT group product managers and the global marketing effort and had considerable input into the development of the company's next generation platform. He has extensive experience both selling and developing professional trading software.
Before joining TT, Shields was the VP, Technology Operations, of OptionsHouse. That position was specifically created for Shields as he oversaw production operations, change management, database administration, and risk and compliance solutions.
Earlier, Shields was CTO of Chicago-based proprietary trading firm Infinium Capital Management. He assumed the role in May 2013, after working as Infinium's director of software development since 2012. Before Infinium, Shields was a partner and the chief product officer at Symphono. Before joining Symphono in 2007, Shields worked at Bank of America in a variety of roles that involved the interest rate and credit derivatives business at the bank. Shields' technical skills include Windows, Linux, Solaris, Java, C#, WP, FIX, FIX/FAST, MSSQL, and MySQL.
MarketsWiki Education, Chicago 2016
“There will always be someone as smart or smarter than you and you have no control over that. The only thing you have control over is whether you have more drive, more passion than others.”
As chief technology officer at Trading Technologies, Drew Shields has been instrumental in the implementation of the software vendor’s new top-to-bottom makeover. The new architecture required lots of technical talent, to be sure, but it also required two additional attributes – hunger, and the ability to challenge the status quo.
In college Shields majored in theology, and he started in the business world with few discernible technical skills. But he had the drive and passion to succeed, and he was given a chance to prove himself. He says that, while some job opportunities at TT require specific expertise, in many cases the company places a higher priority on a candidate’s motivation and attitude.
That’s not just next-generation product development; that’s next-generation talent development.
MarketsWiki Questions: Exploring Financial Technology, 2011
Shields participated in the MarketsWiki Questions: Exploring Financial Technology interactive video series. See his responses to the following questions:
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