Jeff Sprecher is Founder, Chair and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and a pioneer of digital networks and the electronification of trading and marketplaces.
Reflecting Sprecher’s vision and leadership, ICE, co-headquartered in Atlanta and New York, has grown from a startup in in 2000, purely focused on making energy trading transparent, to a diversified, subscription-driven Fortune 500 company with nearly 10,000 employees. ICE operates exchanges and clearinghouses around the world, provides market-leading solutions in fixed income and data services, and is transforming the mortgage industry by digitizing the end-to-end process of buying a home. Now in its third decade, the company that Sprecher and his team have built, through organic growth and acquisitions, delivers over $6 billion in annual revenue with market capitalization of over $75 billion.
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, educated as a chemical engineer at the University of Wisconsin and an MBA at Pepperdine, Sprecher learned early on in his parents’ garage how to break down systems to their component parts and rebuild them better, faster, and more resilient. It started with a toaster oven at age six, advanced to a Toyota and, decades later, expanded to global asset exchanges.
Sprecher is often credited with “seeing around corners” in the intersecting world of finance and technology. In reality, seeing around corners is a theme woven throughout Sprecher’s more than 20 years of creating, leading, and growing ICE. For that, and for delivering to ICE shareholders a consistent compound annual growth rate of 17% over the span of 2006 to 2021, Sprecher has been hailed as one of Barron’s “World’s Best CEOs” for six consecutive years, among a host of other honors and awards for his leadership and philanthropy.