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Chief Operating Officer for London Stock Exchange Group Delivers Fourth Annual Massry Lecture 

Chris Corrado '81 received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UAlbany's School of Business. (Photo by Patrick Dodson)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 1, 2019) – You don’t have to launch your own tech startup to be an entrepreneurial force in the business world, according to Chris Corrado, the chief operating officer and chief information officer of the London Stock Exchange Group


Corrado, a UAlbany alum ’81, delivered the fourth annual Massry Lecture on Sept. 23. 

The talk, titled “The Intrepreneur’s Ten Commandments: How to Bring Innovation within Corporate Structures,” was given to an audience comprising faculty and staff, students and members from the regional business community. 


His biggest pieces of advice? Be willing to take risks, follow your intuition and listen meaningfully to others. 


“Come to work each day wiling to be fired,” Corrado said. “What impact could you have on your firm based on the risks that you’re willing to make?” 


Corrado shared experiences from his first job working as a programmer for IBM before moving on to become a CIO for Morgan Stanley, and a CIO and CTO at MSCI Inc., among other positions, before earning his current role with the London Stock Exchange Group in the fall of 2015. 


He said that out of his more than 30-year career managing technology platforms in the financial services industry, he was most grateful for the foundation he received at the University at Albany. 


“The best investment I ever made was my education here, and graduating in 1981,” said Corrado, who completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in management information systems from the School of Business and a minor in computer science. 


A Dean’s Welcome 


School of Business Dean Nilanjan Sen opened the lecture with welcoming remarks. He said the Massry Family Endowment for Dean’s Initiatives in the School of Business have allowed 3,000 business students to receive free access to required course materials for this semester. 


“The Massry Family Endowment allows us, each day, to keep the gate of opportunity open for our students,” Sen said. “On behalf of the School, we’d like to express our deepest gratitude to the Massry family for their generous support.” 


Over the past four years, the student fellows who have participated in the Massry Community Service Program have invested over 7,000 hours into the Capital Region through local nonprofit internships, according to Sen. 


The University’s relationship with the Massry Family extends back to 1987, when Morris Massry became a director of the University at Albany Foundation Board. The family’s 2014 gift of $5.25 million supports the School of Business and key University-wide initiatives. 


Since its inception in 2015, the Massry Lecture series has featured speakers including the superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, the director of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte and the chair of Dartmouth College’s department of computer science.   

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