Manisha Kimmel has spent a career tackling the issues that most people would rather avoid: unpicking the nuances of complex financial markets regulations and how they impact the data that drives those markets. Over the course of her career, she has authored more than 70 comment letters on proposed regulations, and spent two years at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) responsible for getting the Consolidated Audit Trail (Cat) on track.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Kimmel moved east to study at the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School to pursue her interests in business and engineering, where she got her first taste for the capital markets and strategic consulting, while working for a professor who was studying inbound investment into the US.
Her first job was as a business strategy associate at ADP. There she met Tom Jordan, the founder, president and CEO of management consultancy Jordan & Jordan, who hired her as a management consultant. Between J&J and the Financial Information Forum (FIF), an industry body focused on market data and capacity issues which J&J administers, Kimmel would spend the next 18 years working directly and indirectly for Jordan.
After eight years running projects for exchanges, investment banks and the Bond Market Association, Kimmel tired of the constant travel, and took over the FIF, where she introduced projections, expanded its coverage to more venues and datafeeds, reduced the time increments by which it monitored peak data rates from one minute to 100-millisecond and 10-millisecond intervals, and began making FIF’s capacity statistics available online so that members could easily download a CSV file of data to run their own analysis.
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