Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, today announced that Richard Barnett has joined the company as Global Head of Product and a member of the leadership team effective immediately.
In this role, Richard is responsible for overseeing, expanding and integrating Liquidnet's product offering so that more than 700 of the world's leading asset management firms can continue to trade more efficiently while accessing the best investment opportunities around the world. Based in New York, he will report directly to Chief Operating Officer, John Kelly.
"Richard will play a pivotal role in helping Liquidnet seamlessly integrate our products with our award-winning front-end to provide significant value to our Members beyond best execution. Richard brings not only a depth of expertise and understanding about our core technologies and products, but he also has deep insight in how to make these solutions work together in ways that are most responsive to the needs of the institutional investment community," commented Kelly. "He has a proven track record of integrating technology and functionality directly within the trader's workflow and developing products and technologies that connect communities in real time. These skills are central to our efforts as we continue to build out Liquidnet's global network."
Richard joins Liquidnet from Thomson Reuters where he was Global Head of Product Management responsible for real-time news, messaging, analytical products and desktop design strategy. Prior to that, he spent more than 12 years at Bloomberg where he was Product Management and Marketing lead overseeing the development of some of the company's most widely used applications including their messaging and compliance platform, portfolio analytics, news and mobile products. Richard is credited with the creation and implementation of Launchpad®, Bloomberg's real time monitoring product and Instant Bloomberg®, the company's popular instant messaging platform. Originally from the United Kingdom, Richard holds a BA degree in Economic and Social Studies from the University of East Anglia and a Post Graduate diploma in Japanese Language.
"Leveraging its groundbreaking platform introduced more than ten years ago, Liquidnet has focused on building an unmatched network of institutional investors while expanding its global footprint. Following that extensive growth, there is a significant opportunity to enhance the company's front-end so that it meets the demanding needs of institutional investors as they try to source the best investment opportunities no matter where they may be," commented Richard. "There is also a significant opportunity to deliver new products and services that directly connect all the communities in Liquidnet's network in order to bring further efficiency to the markets. I look forward to helping to make that happen."