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Bill Stephenson


AIR Summit


Bill Stephenson has 25 years’ experience of buy-side trading experience, most recently completing 20 years at Franklin Templeton Investments where he was the Global Head of Trading. In addition to leading the equity, foreign exchange and derivatives trading desks across 13 locations, he ran the market data solutions team and a quantitative research team that supported both the trading and research teams.


While at Franklin Templeton, Mr. Stephenson created the Global Best Execution Committee and chaired the Global Trading Oversight Committee. He was also a member of the firm’s Executive Investment Risk Committee, Investment Liquidity Committee and Client Commission Oversight Committee.


Mr. Stephenson founded the AIR Summit in 2013, which is an industry event focused on emerging and innovative technologies that help investment managers generate or preserve alpha in their portfolios. In 2014, he was included in the Trade 100 by The Trade Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in buy-side trading.


Since leaving Franklin Templeton in late 2017, Mr. Stephenson has been consulting financial technology companies on business strategy, and investment and venture capital companies on M&A targets. He is currently organizing the AIR Summit 5.0, which will be held in September 2019 and the AIR Summit London 2.0 to be held in early 2020.