Management

Rocco Pellegrinelli
Founder, CEO

Rocco Pellegrinelli began his career as a portfolio manager. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the technology sector for the past 20 years. He created Brainpower in 1996 and as Chairman and CEO, established it as one of the top portfolio management systems globally. After taking the company public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2000, Brainpower was acquired by Bloomberg in 2006. His vision “Many analytical tools makes sense, but do they also make money? It is time to bring real value to fund managers”.​​

Sandro Bottarelli
Co-Founder, CTO

Sandro Botterelli is an expert in physics and engineering. He was formerly Chief Development Officer at Brainpower. His analytics models became the core of Bloomberg’s Portfolio Analytics offering. While at Bloomberg, he was Manager of the Portfolio Analytics R&D division. He graduated magna cum laude in Science from the University of Milan.​ His motto is “The value of an idea lies in the using of it”. Thomas A. Edison​

John Coulter
Managing Director, North America

John has spent his entire career growing innovative fintech companies. In 1995 he co-founded TRIAD, the equities IOI management system which was one of the first commercially available FIX engines, later acquired by Reuters. John was also President and COO of Javelin Technologies, the world’s leading FIX engine vendor with over 350 customers, acquired by NYFIX in 2002. He then served as VP of Corporate strategy with Silicon Valley based Vhayu, acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2009.
John graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in English & Journalism and is a devoted Little League baseball coach for his two sons.

Yiannis Yianni
Global Head of Sales

Yiannis has 25 years of experience in the financial data, software and solutions industry. Before joining Trendrating to head up Global Sales, Yiannis spent almost 14 years at FactSet where he was Senior Vice President and Head of the UK and Nordic Asset Management business.
Within his role Yiannis was also responsible for strategic relationships with some of FactSet’s largest clients in the region. Previously, he has held senior positions at other leading market data and technology vendors.

Christopher Kelly
Senior Sales Executive, EMEA

Chris oversees business development and sales initiatives throughout the EMEA region for Trendrating. Chris fully understands how to support the requirements and challenges of fund managers, with 11 years of experience providing investment solutions to Europe’s largest buy-side and wealth management firms. Prior to joining Trendrating, Chris held Relationship Manager roles at StarMine and Thomson Reuters. Chris holds a BSc from the University of Surrey, UK.

Christopher Swanson, CFA
Senior Sales Executive, North America

Chris brings an impressive track record of equity index data sales to Trendrating after eight accomplished years at MSCI. As an Index Team Leader, Chris covered the largest fund managers in the world, effectively positioning MSCI’s wide scope of data and analytics used for portfolio construction, research, performance attribution and risk management.
As a CFA Charterholder, Chris offers an experienced consultative approach to his clients on techniques in factor investing for both active and passive asset managers. “On a risk-adjusted basis momentum returns and characteristics are superior to other investable factors. I’m thrilled to be working for the industry leader of momentum analytics and bringing tools to the buy side to fully utilize momentum in their investment process.” Chris has a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Richmond.​​

Arun Soni
Global Head of Strategy

Arun has over 11 years experience in positioning financial data and software solutions in the EMEA Asset Management space for firms such as Northfield, S&P, Axioma, and Barra. He has supported and sold solutions ranging from risk management tools to quantitative research platforms for asset classes spanning equity, fixed income, and multi-asset class.
Prior to his sales incarnation, Arun followed an entrepreneurial path by co-founding a technology venture in outsourced development services and Arun’s career began in investment research with roles in quantitative equity research at Morgan Stanley (UK) Ltd. in London and at Commerzbank Asset Management in Frankfurt. His primary expertise is in the construction of stock selection models and in systematic portfolio construction methods that include portfolio optimization.
Arun holds a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.