Stephen C. Daffron is a Co-Founder and Industry Partner at Motive Capital Management, LLC since November 2018. Previously, he was a Founding Partner of Motive Partners through December 2018. Mr. Daffron has also been President of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation since February 8, 2019.
Mr. Daffron has been a fixture in the development and implementation of technology, data, and operational processes in financial services for over two decades. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Data and in senior leadership positions at Morgan Stanley, Renaissance Technologies, and Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Daffron was involved in the creation of the earliest electronic trading systems in the early 1990’s, pioneered the operational processes that allowed an explosive growth in derivatives trading and processing, managed the integration of major acquisitions. He oversaw the growth of technology and operations that spring-boarded the prime brokerage business, moved to the buy-side to supervise the growth of processing capability at one of the industry’s most successful hedge funds.
Mr. Daffron served as Head of Operations, Technology and Data at Morgan Stanley, Chief Operating Officer at Jim Simon’s Renaissance Technologies, Managing Director leading Operations and Technology for Global Custody, Securities Processing, and Asset Management at Goldman Sachs, chaired SIFMA’s Operations and Technology committee and served on the board of DTCC, before becoming Chief Executive Officer at Interactive Data.
Before his career on Wall Street, Mr. Daffron served in various command and staff positions in the U.S. Army. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as M.B.A., M.A., M.Ph. and Ph.D. from Yale.