Two of Citi's most senior FX trading technologists escaped to Facebook and Google
If you've got a background in trading technology and you're interested in moving into a big tech firm, then two senior Citi technologists might be your role models.
Chris Giles and James Tromans moved to Facebook and Google in London respectively in July and June 2019. The two men are now bedding-in to their new roles, but their moves appear to have gone unnoticed (except at Citi) until now.
Both men were directors at the bank. Giles was Citi's global head of FX STIRT (forward) trading technology, based out of London. Tromans was head of data science for FX trading at Citi.
In their new roles Giles is a software engineer for Facebook and Tromans, who has a Doctorate in Philosophy in computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence from Oxford University, is a technical director of the office of the CTO at Google Cloud. Giles had worked in finance technology since 1995 (at Barclays, Deutsche and Citi). Tromans had worked in finance roles since 2010.
As we've noted several times before on these pages, Google Cloud is emerging as a big, big hirer this year. Tromans' role there sounds particularly interesting: he's specialised in applied artificial intelligence and cloud computing and will be advising companies on the use of both. Banks will presumably count among his clients.
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