Global head of equity trading
JP MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT
Some of the rising stars on this year’s list have already achieved what others will aspire to in the entirety of their
JP Morgan Asset Management’s Kristian West is a well-known figure on The Street and at 39 years of age he is one
of the youngest global heads at a major asset management
He started his career in 1999 at trading business Spear,
Leeds & Kellogg which was acquired a year later by Goldman
Sachs. From there he moved to Barclays Capital in 2004
before joining JP Morgan AM as head of EMEA equities in
Despite his modest persona, West has become an
increasingly important figure within JP Morgan AM.
The past 18 months has seen him overseeing one of the
most ambitious projects in the company’s recent history, to
bring a global operating model to trading across the asset
With regional differences in operational behaviour, West
has built a strong team of experts in Asia, the US and Europe
to ensure the new globalisation drive is a success. This has
also been key to building the company’s new bespoke Order
His work has not gone unnoticed and subsequently led
to Kristian being one of the most heavily nominated in this
year’s scheme. n
Deputy global head of equity trading
DEUTSCHE ASSET & WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management is represented in this year’s list by Vincenzo Vedda, the company’s
managing director and deputy global head of equity trading.
Frankfurt-based Vedda joined the business in September
2013 from Morgan Stanley where he was a senior member of
the Global Program Trading Group.
At Deutsche, Vedda reports to global head of equity
trading Mike Bellaro and has responsibility for Deutsche
AWM’s global program trading operation. He also assists
Bellaro in managing global equity trading.
Vedda has been credited with building out Deutsche
AWM’s New York trading operation and building the ETP
Capital Markets team in London and is considered a thought
leader by many of his industry peers.
Over the course of the past 18 months Vedda has
assisted with the development of the ETF platform
within the asset management trading operation from the
He has also worked on the build out of the global
program trading platform, which has been key to the
firm improving post-trade performance. In fact, program
trading now represents some 40% of the Deutsche AWM
book of business.
Vedda has been a key player in ensuring colleagues
understand the importance of strategic liquidity and in
ensuring the trading desk is able to execute more block
trades in the first half of 2015 than in the past five years