CFI.co Meets the CEO of Professional Traders: Sushant Buttan
Sushant Buttan is a successful entrepreneur and businessman with over a quarter century’s worth of experience in international business. With a background in computer engineering, he started a company based out of India in the early 1990’s with a small staff of four people. This company – called Maximize Learning – was focused on building next generation technology-based educational courseware and content. As such, Maximize Learning became a pioneer of Internet-delivered e-Learning. Over the next fifteen years, Mr Buttan built his business into a multimillion dollar multinational organisation with a global staff base of over 500 employees.
Innovative work in the world of technology-based learning led to Mr Buttan being invited to share his knowledge as a regular lecturer at the George Mason University in Virginia. He also taught classes at the Villanova University in Philadelphia, contributing to the institution’s renowned executive MBA programme. Mr Buttan has also been instrumental in producing technology-based content for the Manage Mentor Programme of the Harvard Business School.
Additionally, Mr Buttan has contributed to authoritative books such as Organization and Management: An International Approach (90 0 157 7040). He has written a number of essays on technology-based learning for Chief Learning Officer and other publications.
Owing to the success of Maximize Learning and its broad and well-established base of international customers, the company was acquired by the US-based Aptara Corporation in 2005. As a result of the acquisition agreement, Mr Buttan moved to the US headquarters of Aptara Corp to take up a position as senior vice president of Business Solutions. He lived in the United States from 2005 to 2008 and during this time managed to significantly expand the client base of Aptara Corp.
Struggling with the underperformance of wealth management companies, and identifying the need for a sophisticated, reliable, investment organisation employing cutting-edge technology, Mr Buttan in 2008 founded Athena Smart Capital. The company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and focuses on using quantitative finance models to trade on the major international markets. The model employed is particularly suited for trading forex, futures, bonds, CFDs (contract for difference – a tradeable instrument linked to an underlying asset), and commodities.
In 2014, Mr Buttan acquired the UAE-based Financial Trading Company – Dubai Professional Trading Group. Now re-branded as Professional Traders – DMCC, this company has become one of the fastest-growing businesses, providing highly specialised technical infrastructure and funding for financial traders from all over the world. Mr Buttan, now CEO of Professional Traders, is dedicated to transform his company into the world’s largest financial trading centre by 2020.
Over the years, Mr Buttan has cultivated Fortune 500 clients from across the world, including prestigious corporations such as Microsoft, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte Consulting, and Ernst and Young in the United States; Motorola and Reuters in the UK; and SAP and Ericsson elsewhere in Europe.