Get to know Vela's leadership team
Jennifer Nayar is Vela’s CEO, joining in June 2015. Based in the firm’s New York headquarters, Jen is responsible for all aspects of Vela’s business globally.
Jen has been successfully leading and driving the growth of market data businesses since 2007, when she served as the Global Head of Market Data Products and Business Operations for the New York Stock Exchange. She’s also held senior management positions at REDI Global Technologies, NYFIX, Omgeo, Mercator Software and the London Stock Exchange.
Jen was named 2018 Woman of the Year by Markets Media. She was voted CEO of the Year by Markets Media in the 2017 Markets Choice Awards as well as the 2017 Women in Finance Markets Choice Awards. In 2016, Jen was the recipient of Markets Media's Markets Choice Women in Finance Award for Excellence in Trading Technology. She was also included in Institutional Investor’s 2018, 2017 and 2016 Trading Technology 40, a ranking of the 40 most influential individuals in the trading technology space. In 2014, Jen was honored by Traders Magazine with its Women on Wall Street award for her excellence in leadership.
Jen was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY) in August 2017. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Women in Finance Awards by Markets Media.
Keith Cacciola is Vela’s Chief Customer Officer. In this role, he oversees a team of account executives responsible for protecting and growing Vela’s existing global client base. Keith joined Vela in 2015.
Prior to Vela, Keith was Director of Account Management at Coleman Research, where he was responsible for overseeing a team of account executives and a book of business consisting of top tier hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity firms and consulting. Previous to Coleman, Keith was Vice President of Millennium at ConvergEx Group. In this role, he focused on supporting Millennium’s sell-side client base. Keith was also Vice President of Millennium at NYFIX, where he held roles in brokerage operations, trade support, account management and sales.
Keith is a graduate of Bates College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History.
Stephen is Vela’s Chief Financial Officer. Based in New York, he is responsible for our global financial operations. Stephen joined the company in January 2019.
Prior to Vela, Stephen held senior positions at TravelClick and American Express and is recognized for his successful and extensive track record in a broad range of financial functions, including divisional CFO, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, analysis and new business ventures. He brings with him a deep understanding of business needs, strategic problem solving, operational excellence, sound financial management and execution.
Stephen holds a BA in Accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
Gerry is Global Head of Platform as a Service (PaaS).
Prior to Vela acquiring Object Trading, Gerry was COO and an Executive Director of Object Trading. Based in the UK, Gerry joined the company in 2008 and was responsible for global customer-facing operations, including service delivery and account management. As a Board member, Gerry applied his expertise of sell-side technology and technical planning process to the business. Prior to Object Trading, Gerry spent most of his career in sell-side investment banks working on trading floor infrastructure before moving to electronic trading in the mid 90’s and then on to front-office ecommerce management. In the process, Gerry has worked on several high profile projects including the first electronic FX Options brokerage, the launch of the largest FX Cash trading platform as well as the implementation and running of one the largest global Listed Derivatives trading platforms.
Brendan O'Sullivan is responsible for running Vela’s Managed Services team globally, which spans Belfast, New York and Manila, as well as leading the firm’s complex solutions team.
Brendan joined Vela through its acquisition of NYSE Technologies’ Wombat business, where he worked since 2007. During his time as Head of Managed Services at Wombat, Brendan was instrumental in growing the managed service offering globally and building a follow-the-sun support model. Following the acquisition of Wombat, Brendan was appointed Managing Director of the Managed Services division at NYSE Technologies. Early in his career Brendan spent four years at Access Securities, managing the firm’s IT operations.
Brendan is a graduate of Fordham University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
Rob Hanley is Vela’s Global Head of Project Management and Delivery. In this role he is responsible for managing the firm’s delivery of products to clients.
Rob joined Vela in 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience in engineering, software development and technology, with more than ten of them spent in the financial services industry. He joined Vela in 2015 after working in the product delivery organization at REDI Global Technologies. Prior to REDI he served as the platform lead for NYSE Technologies’ market data products and services group, and before that spent time working in senior product and technology roles at Merrill Lynch and AIG.
Rob holds a BS in industrial engineering.
Tenisha Benoit is Vela’s Global Head of Human Resources. Based in the firm’s New York headquarters, she is responsible for a broad range of duties in the areas of HRM, employee relations, recruiting and compliance.
Tenisha joined Vela in 2015 from REDI Global Technologies, where she served in a similar capacity, and prior to that worked in various human resources roles at New York Life, Maximus and Cyprexx Services. She began her career working in human services as a case manager.
Tenisha earned a Master of Arts, Human Resources Management from Webster University, and a BA, Sociology from The City College of New York. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Wendy Chan is Global Head of Marketing at Vela. In this role, Wendy is responsible for communicating the business objectives to the global markets through a variety of marketing programs and activities, including the new corporate branding and messaging launched in June 2016.
Prior to joining Vela as a marketing consultant in April of 2016, Wendy held roles at SunGard, where she supported marketing for the post-trade derivatives and securities as well as corporate actions processing businesses following the acquisition of XcitekSolutionsPlus (XSP). At XSP, Wendy was Senior Director, Chief Marketing Officer & New York Office Manager, responsible for running all marketing and communications efforts to support its growing domestic and international corporate actions processing business. Wendy also held marketing roles at Interactive Data, Merrill Lynch and Muller Data.
Wendy is a member of the Women’s Bond Club and holds a BBA in Marketing from Bernard M. Baruch College.