What Is Data Observability?
John O’Neill has garnered extensive expertise in IT and Operations for investment management firms over the past 25 years. As a Program Management Director at State Street Global Markets, he was responsible for agile delivery of security reference and pricing data to securities finance analytics platforms. He also worked as an architect on their corporate actions automation and Gold Copy transaction projects. At KLP, John worked with IT leadership to establish future state architecture, including the selection of a new MDM platform. At Acadian Asset Management, he provided guidance during the initial stages of their SS&C middle office platform implementation. At Alexandria Real Estate Investment Trust, he managed components of their digital transformation project
At Bank of New York, John provided project leadership for street facing trade message testing of a hedge fund middle office lift out. He managed key components of reconciliation activities during production parallel testing.
As a product manager for Eze Castle, John introduced a new data management line of business, with the first product moving from concept to client in five months. He also created a Security Master solution that integrated market data from Reuters and Bloomberg. John extended a data management platform to support regulatory reporting workflows, and introduced an ETL system to import and aggregate data from accounting systems, third party administrators, risk systems, and prime brokers. Working directly with top investment managers, John implemented custom performance aggregation and risk reporting solutions.
As Director of IT for Geode Capital Management (2018 AUM $359B), John was responsible for the selection and implementation of technical hardware, software, networking, and communications. John also served Geode as Director of Operations for trading, portfolio management, and cash management. Other roles at Geode included Information Security Officer, where he designed and implemented all procedures, and Manager of market data systems, where responsibilities included contract management, systems design. John also served as a member of the Operating Committee, responsible for the direction, reporting, and management of all major initiatives. Also at Geode, John worked with general counsel to establish master feeder fund structures, implemented FIX connectivity for Inforeach EMS over private broker and TNS circuits. He managed the implementation of all portfolios, ETFs, and pilot funds with custodians, brokers, accountants, and third party administrators. He selected and implemented CRM solutions, and he created regulatory compliance solutions for pre-trade and post-trade analysis and reporting. John also managed the approval and communication of index fund cash flows through all channels, and managed the contract execution of structured notes, CDS, and convertible bonds. John holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst.