Executive Team

Preview Image Robert Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer
Bob Greifeld assumed leadership of Nasdaq in 2003, when the company's primary business was operating one equity market in the U.S. Today, Nasdaq is a leading participant in the exchange and technology sector.


Preview Image Adena Friedman, President
Adena Friedman oversees strategy, operations, and financial responsibility for the company’s Corporate Client Group, Information Services and Technology Solutions business segments.



Preview Image Hans-Ole Jochumsen, President
As President of Global Market Services, Hans-Ole Jochumsen oversees both the U.S. and European markets to maintain and further develop a strong strategic position in the global cash and derivatives markets within equities and the FICC area.


Preview Image Lee Shavel, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Lee Shavel is responsible for all aspects of financial management at Nasdaq, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, treasury, internal reporting, corporate operations and risk management.



Preview Image Brad Peterson, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Brad Peterson runs the Global Technology Services group, which develops and delivers innovative, cost efficient and short time-to-market technology solutions to our business partners and customers around the world.


Preview Image Edward S. Knight, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer
Ed KKnight is responsible for providing legal counsel to senior management and for overseeing the quality of legal services across the global organization. He is also responsible for government relations, listing qualifications, market regulation and the office of economic research.


Preview Image Anna Ewing, Executive Vice President, Corporate Solutions
Anna Ewing serves as Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Solutions at Nasdaq.  As part of Nasdaq’s Global Capital Access, Technology & Insights unit, Corporate Solutions provides transformative Investor Relations, Public Relations, Governance, and Multimedia solutions to more than 10,000 public and private companies around the globe.


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Salil Donde, Executive Vice President, Information Services
Mr. Donde is responsible for leading the strategic direction and overseeing all aspects of the company’s Index and Data products businesses which provide solutions, intelligence and insight to the global capital markets.


Nelson Griggs, Executive Vice President, Listings Services
Mr. Griggs oversees Nasdaq’s new listings and capital market business as well as global business development and relationship management with the 3,500 companies listed on Nasdaq’s listing markets around the world.


Lars Ottersgård, Executive Vice President, Market Technology
Lars Ottersgård was named Executive Vice President and Head of Nasdaq Market Technology in October 2014. This business provides technology solutions and services to the exchange and financial services industry globally.


Thomas A. Wittman, Executive Vice President, Global Equities
Thomas (Tom) A. Wittman is Executive Vice President of Global Trading & Market Services, a division of the company’s Global Trading & Market Services business.



Preview Image Bruce Aust, Vice Chairman
Bruce Aust is Vice Chairman of Nasdaq. In this role, Mr. Aust works closely with Nasdaq’s Global Listing Services unit to assist clients and prospects worldwide. Mr. Aust also serves as President of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, located in San Francisco, and will play an integral role in the creation and launch of the Center, which is slated to open in 2015.


Preview Image Meyer Frucher, Vice Chairman
Meyer "Sandy" Frucher manages global exchange relationships and advises the executive team. He joined Nasdaq from The Philadelphia Stock Exchange in 2008.



Senior Vice Presidents

Heather Abbott
Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology

Heather Abbott is Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology for Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Abbott is responsible for overseeing the application development and delivery for Corporate Solutions products and its web properties, as well as the solutions for Nasdaq Private Market companies.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Ms. Abbott was Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co for six years responsible for leading a team of over 400 technologists in Schwab’s core Investor Services business unit. Before Charles Schwab, Ms. Abbott was a Senior Director at PayPal (an eBay company) in their Mobile and New Consumer Products Division. She also held various technology positions at eBay within infrastructure, program management and product development with a focus on eCommerce development, mobile-based applications, product management and product engineering in both commercial and financial services settings.

Ms. Abbott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Ottawa and a Master of Business Administration from York University Schulich School of Business.

Conny Andersson
Senior Vice President of Clearing and Nordic Markets

Conny Andersson is Senior Vice President of Clearing and Nordic Markets at The Nasdaq. In this role, he oversees the development, delivery and support of the Nordic and Baltic market systems, including the systems used for Equity and fixed income trading, derivatives trading and clearing, Nordic Central Counterparty (CCP) post-trade infrastructure, market data, and back-office services. Additionally, he oversees the coordination of Nordic IT initiatives and the development and support of clearing solutions to Nasdaq Market Technology customers.

Mr. Andersson has more than 16 years of experience in the development and deployment of trading and post-trade solutions. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President at Nasdaq where he led the implementation of the Nordic IT roadmap, involving a major upgrade of the  Nordic trading and clearing systems to company’s Genium INET and INET platform. He also held various positions with OMX overseeing infrastructure initiatives for the Nordic market systems as well as back-office services and solutions to banks and brokers.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics from Lund University in Lund, Sweden.

Magnus Billing
Senior Vice President & President of Nasdaq Nordic

Magnus Billing is Senior Vice President and President of Nasdaq Nordic and responsible for coordinating the Nordic businesses including the exchanges in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius and Jerevan.

Mr. Billing is also Head of Nordic Fixed Income and Baltic Markets, and CEO of the Stockholm Exchange. He was previously Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Vice President of Nasdaq, and responsible for legal and market surveillance operations in Europe. Mr. Billing has been working in the exchange industry since 2001. Prior to his current role, he was the General Counsel of OMX and led the negotiations around the consolidation of the OMX Nordic Exchanges.

Mr. Billing serves on the board of the Federation of European Securities exchanges, FESE. He is a member of the Nasdaq Listing Committee, chairman for the Board of Directors of the Nasdaq Nordic Foundation, and serves as director of the Board of Directors of Swedish Institute for Financial Research and Entreprenörskapsforum. He holds a degree in law from the Stockholm University.

Charlotte Crosswell
CEO Nasdaq NLX

Charlotte Crosswell is Chief Executive Officer for Nasdaq NLX (“NLX”), the London-based derivatives market for trading the full European interest curve on a single market for trading and clearing. Prior to setting up NLX, Ms. Crosswell has held a number of positions Nasdaq.

Ms. Crosswell has previously also held positions as a Partner and the head of Business Development at Pension Corporation, a London-based pension management firm, and a number of management positions at The London Stock Exchange, including Head of International Business Development. Ms Crosswell started her financial services career at Goldman Sachs in European Equity Sales and holds a BA (Hons.) in French from the University of Southampton, UK.

Joan C. Conley
Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary

Joan Conley is Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., and its global subsidiary organizations and in that role is responsible for the Global Nasdaq Corporate Governance Program. Ms. Conley is also responsible for the Nasdaq Global Ethics and Compliance Program.  Lastly, Ms. Conley is Managing Director of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation and a member of the Nasdaq NLX Ltd. Board of Directors.

Ms. Conley is a contributor to NACD publications including the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission 2013 Report on “Talent Development: A Boardroom Imperative” and the 2011 Report on “Effective Lead Director”. Ms. Conley received the award "The Best Corporate Secretary in an M&A Transaction" by Corporate Secretary Magazine in 2008.

Prior to joining NASDAQ in 2001, Ms. Conley was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the NASD (now FINRA) from 1994 – 2001 and Director of Human Resources from 1986 – 1994. Prior to her tenure at NASD ( FINRA) Ms. Conley was a Research Associate/ Writer at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C. and Business Analyst at an advertising agency in Chicago, Illinois.

Ms. Conley holds a Bachelor’s of Arts/Science with a double major in Economics and Communications from Dominican University and a Master’s of Science, with honors, in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Conley studied Economics at the London School of Economics and the University of London.

Ms. Conley serves on the Board and Audit Committee of two non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. and mentors several young women. In 2014 she was elected to the SIFMA Foundation Board of Directors.

Michael Cotter
Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions

Michael Cotter is the Senior Vice President of the Corporate Solutions business at Nasdaq. In this role, Mr. Cotter is responsible for managing all aspects of the Corporate Solutions business, including strategy, product development and operations. The Corporate Solutions business provides SaaS platforms, products and consultative services that serve the needs of strategic functions within the enterprise: Investor Relations, Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Marketing, Corporate Governance and Board of Directors.  Nasdaq Corporate Solutions is the global market leader, working with 10,000 companies worldwide including 90% of the Fortune 500, 96% of the S&P 500, 81% of the FTSE 100 and 90% of the DAX 30.

Mr. Cotter joined Nasdaq in 2013 as part of the company’s acquisition of the Thomson Reuters Investor Relations, Public Relations and Multimedia businesses. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Mr. Cotter held senior leadership positions at CCBN Inc., FreeMarkets, Inc., IBM and Lotus Development Corporation. Mr. Cotter has a degree in MIS from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Magdalena Hartman
Senior Vice President of Global Information Services

Magdalena Hartman serves as Senior Vice President of Global Information Services for The Nasdaq. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing various global teams, including Product Management, System Management, Research, Index data and Operations for the Index business, the Nordic Market data generated from the Nordic & Baltic Exchanges and, one of the leading financial web sites.

Ms. Hartman was previously Vice President of the Global Index Group. During this time Nasdaq transitioned from a local US and Nordic indexer with 1.600 indexes in 2008 to a global provider with more than 41.000 indexes and $1.4 trillion USD in assets under management.

Prior to this, Ms. Hartman was responsible for the OMX index business. She has been working in the exchange industry since 2000 and has vast experience from business development within the industry. Ms. Hartman has served on numerous boards and committees. She holds a MSc in business administration and economics from the Stockholm University.

Ronald Hassen
Senior Vice President & Finance Controller

Ronald Hassen is Senior Vice President and Finance Controller of Nasdaq, a position he has held since March 2002. He is also the company's Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Hassen also served as interim Chief Financial Officer from February 2011 to September 2011. Previously, Mr. Hassen served as Treasurer from November 2002 through January 2007.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Hassen served as Controller of Deutsche Bank North America, after the company's acquisition of Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Hassen served as Principal Accounting Officer at Bankers Trust until the acquisition by Deutsche Bank in 1999.

Frank M. Hatheway
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist

Dr. Frank M. Hatheway is Chief Economist for Nasdaq, and leads the Economics & Statistical Research Department. His team is responsible for a variety of projects and initiatives in the U.S. and Europe to improve market structure, encourage capital formation, and enhance trading efficiency. A regular participant in industry events for both issuers and traders, he has appeared before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Congress to discuss a variety of issues around the equities and derivatives markets. His research work includes identifying the causes of the May 6, 2010 market break, evaluating enhancements for the markets, and exploring the implications of proposed exchange mergers.

Dr. Hatheway's background prior to joining Nasdaq combines academics and regulation with industry experience. Frank was a finance professor at Penn State University and a researcher in market microstructure. He has authored academic articles in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation and other leading finance journals. He has served as an Economic Fellow and Senior Research Scholar with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, worked as a derivatives trader, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Gunilla Hellqvist
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Market Operations

Gunilla Hellqvist is Senior Vice President, Global Head of Market Operations for Nasdaq. Her responsibilities include oversight of the business operations for all Nasdaq exchanges, clearing and custody services worldwide. Prior to this she headed the Nordic Market Operations.

Ms. Hellqvist has been with Nasdaq since the merger, and joined OMX in 1995. During the consolidation of the Nordic exchanges, and later the merger between NASDAQ and OMX, Ms. Hellqvist was responsible for the integration of all operations units.

With more than 25 years of experience from the financial markets, Ms. Hellqvist has vast experience from business and product development, fixed income and trading operations. She has held various positions with listed companies and at The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank. Ms. Hellqvist serves on the board of Nasdaq Broker Services and on the board of FSPOS, The group for private-public co-operation in the financial sector. She holds a Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Linköping and an executive MBA.

Peter Jessup
Senior Vice President of Global Software Development & Head of Development for Market Technology Systems

Peter Jessup is Senior Vice President of Global Software Development and Head of Development for Market Technology Systems at Nasdaq.  In this role, he leads the software design, development and support functions for many of the Company’s leading trading and clearing solutions, including GENIUM INET Trading and X-stream INET Trading, X-stream CSD and Clearing, and Sentinel Post- trade Risk Management, serving a global client base.

Peter has more than 30 years of experience in designing, building, and supporting IT systems in the financial services sector.  Since joining Company in 1996, he has held various technology roles, including product manager for the X-stream trading platform and as a technical architect and system designer supporting several exchanges and market operations worldwide.

Prior to Nasdaq, Peter spent several years at Tandem Computers as a Securities Industry Expert. He also worked with the New Zealand Stock Exchange, where he designed and developed the FASTER system which provided electronic messaging between the Exchange’s Settlement Systems and five different Share Registry Systems to streamline transfers.

Adam Kostyál
Senior Vice President of Listing Services, Europe

Adam Kostyál is Senior Vice President of Listing Services, Europe. In addition to Nasdaq Nordic Exchanges, where there are more than 800 companies listed, Adam is also responsible for the more than 120 European companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the U.S.

Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 10 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was Vice President of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the Eastern and Western Europe.

Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.

Jean-Jacques Louis
Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Jean-Jacques Louis is Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Nasdaq. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic and financial analyses and execution of all corporate and business unit investments such as merger and acquisitions, joint-ventures and other business combinations.

Jean-Jacques has been a financial professional in the capital markets and investment banking industries since 1992. Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2004, he was an M&A banker with UBS Investment bank in New York, NY in its Financial Institutions Group. In this role, Jean-Jacques provided counsel and executed a number of US and international transactions in the financial institutions, financial technology and broker-dealer industries.

He started his career with Viel Tradition where he led the development of the short-term interest rate derivatives desk (interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements, swaptions, cap/floor). Viel Tradition is one the largest interbank dealers in the world. Jean-Jacques received a Master of Science in Management from the Reims School of Management at Reims, France and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH.

Robert H. McCooey, Jr.
Senior Vice President of Listing Services

Robert McCooey

Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of Nasdaq’s Listing Services unit.  He is responsible for Relationship Management with Nasdaq’s 3,400 listed companies.  Previously, Mr. McCooey ran New Listings and the Capital Markets Group at Nasdaq.  In this role, Mr. McCooey managed Nasdaq’s new listings efforts domestically, in the Americas and throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2006, Mr. McCooey founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Griswold Company, a brokerage firm, from 1988 until 2006.  He was a member of the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003-2006.  Mr. McCooey served on the NYSE’s Group Market Performance Committee, was chairman of the NYSE’s Technology and Planning Oversight Committee and served on the Boards of the NYSE Foundation, the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC) and the Committee for Review, part of NYSE Regulation.  He is a member of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP).

Mr. McCooey is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Paul McKeown
Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Solutions

Paul McKeown is a Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Solutions at Nasdaq and is responsible for Sales, Service & Client Operations. In this role, Mr. McKeown manages the global expansion of the Corporate Solutions business as well as global customer support and operations for the Corporate Solutions products.  Following the acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Services business in 2013, Nasdaq Corporate Solutions provides technology, analytics and consultative services to more than 10,000 investor relations, public relations, corporate secretaries, governance and communications professionals worldwide.

Previously, Mr. McKeown was Vice President of Market Technology and Global Head of Nasdaq’s compliance and surveillance offerings. Paul joined Nasdaq in 2000, and has 18+ years of sales and marketing experience within financial markets across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas.  He has been involved in a wide spectrum of sectors including retail banking, international treasury, retail and institutional securities, trade finance, investment banking, exchange trading, clearing and settlement.

Paul was educated in the United Kingdom and holds a BA (Hons) in Business from Nottingham Trent University. He gained his Asia-Pacific regional experience during his 12 years living in Sydney.  Paul has been based in New York since 2009.

Lou Modano
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Infrastructure Services

Louis Modano is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Infrastructure Services for Nasdaq. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of Nasdaq’s global technology infrastructure and services, including networks, systems, storage, databases, cloud computing, office automation and data center facilities.  Mr. Modano and his global team support the underlying infrastructure behind Nasdaq’s trading and market systems, as well the Market Technology and Corporate Solutions businesses within the Global Technology group.

Mr. Modano has more than 25 years of experience in building business value through strategic and innovative product development and information technology initiatives within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Nasdaq in August of 2009, Modano served as Senior Vice President at NYSE Euronext, where he held various senior leadership positions in operations, engineering, business development, sales, product development, and as head of the Sector/SFTI technology subsidiary.

Mr. Modano earned a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University.

Joseph C. Noviello
Senior Vice President of Nasdaq eSpeed

Joseph C. Noviello is Senior Vice President of Nasdaq eSpeed, a division of the Global Trading & Market Services business unit. Mr. Noviello leads the strategic planning and global product development for eSpeed, Nasdaq’s purely electronic U.S. Treasury securities trading platform. He joined Nasdaq in 2013 through the acquisition of eSpeed from BGC Partners, Inc.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Noviello served as Executive Vice President and Chief Product Architect leading BGC Partners’ ELX product management and technology deliverables. He has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for eSpeed Inc., where he was responsible for the global technology organization and initiatives supporting core businesses with emphasis on software engineering and e-commerce development. Mr. Noviello began his Cantor Fitzgerald career in 1995 as Managing Director of the Distributed Development Group, which founded the eSpeed platform offering.

Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Noviello was Vice President of Product Development at Micrognosis, a software company specializing in trading room data distribution platforms. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Oswego University in 1987.

Brian O'Malley
Senior Vice President & General Auditor

Brian O'Malley is Senior Vice President and General Auditor for Nasdaq. In this role, he reports directly to the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. Brian oversees the internal audit function, which assesses the risk and controls for all products, and services offered to Nasdaq clients. Prior to Nasdaq, he held various positions at the United States General Accounting Office, JP Morgan and First USA Bank. He has extensive experience in systems development, security, internal audit and program evaluation.

Brian has a Master of Science in Information Systems from George Mason University, a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Saint Vincent as well as the Executive Information Systems Program at the University of Pennsylvania at Wharton.

Lauri Rosendahl
Senior Vice President of European Equities and Equity Derivatives, Global Trading & Market Services

Lauri Rosendahl is Senior Vice President of Global Trading & Market Services for Nasdaq. He is responsible for equity and equity derivatives trading and products at Nasdaq in Europe, and he is also President of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd since 2009.

From February 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Rosendahl oversaw Nordic Equities and Equity Derivatives within Nasdaq’s Transaction Services Nordic division. Since joining Nasdaq in May 2009 until February 2013, Mr. Rosendahl was Head of Product Management for Nordic Equities and Nordic Equity Derivatives. During this time, Nasdaq Nordic implemented CCP clearing for cash equities and launched INET trading system for cash equities and GENIUM INET for equity derivatives. From January 2012 to February 2013, he was, in parallel, responsible for the Baltic and Armenian operations of Nasdaq, during which time the Baltic operations was re-organized and integrated into one regional operation.

Mr. Rosendahl has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets, having held several senior management positions within securities trading, equity research and investment banking with several banks and brokers including Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro / Alfred Berg, Carnegie and Kaupthing. He also has a long renowned career as a telecom equipment analyst, in particular for his highly ranked research work on Nokia.

As Head of the Helsinki Stock Exchange, Mr. Rosendahl is also a board member of the Securities Market Association in Finland, which is responsible for Corporate Governance and Takeover issues in Finland.

Mr. Rosendahl has been a founding member of The Finnish Financial Analyst Society and a board member from 1989 to 1993. He has further acted as member of the board of The Finnish Brokers' Association (1992-1996, 2004-2005), The Private Brokers' Association (1992-1996) and on the Supervisory Board of the Helsinki Stock Exchange (1993-1995). Mr. Rosendahl has also acted as a Member of the Board in the Finnish Deposit Guarantee Fund (2008 – Feb 2009).

Johan Rudén
Senior Vice President of Global Trading & Market Services

Johan Rudén is Senior Vice President of Global Trading & Market Services at Nasdaq and responsible for overseeing market operation and the post-trade services, including developing the Nordic Clearing House for the Nordic Exchange business.

He is Chairman in the Board of Directors of Nasdaq Broker Services. Johan Rudén has been working in the exchange industry since 2000. Prior to his current role he was President for the Baltic Markets business. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Bjørn Sibbern
Senior Vice President of Commodities Markets and Broker Services

Bjørn Sibbern is Senior Vice President Global Trading & Market Services. He heads the Global Commodities Markets and Broker Services at Nasdaq and is President of the Nasdaq Copenhagen Exchange A/S.

In his role, Bjørn Sibbern brings experience from both sides of the transaction business as Mr. Sibbern has held leading positions at Nordic broker firms and covered diverse leading positions at the Nordic exchanges.

Prior to his role as global Head of Nasdaq Commodities, Mr. Sibbern headed the Nordic Cash Equities and Derivatives Markets at Nasdaq, and from 2006 to 2008 Mr. Sibbern was Director of E*TRADE Bank A/S. Prior to that he was responsible for all listed companies, ETFs and Funds listed at OMX in Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Before joining OMX, Mr. Sibbern was Head of Trading at Stocknet Norway and E*TRADE Bank Denmark.

As President of the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen exchange, Mr. Sibbern also serves on the board of the Committee for Corporate Governance under the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs.

Mr. Sibbern holds an Executive MBA, a Diploma in Business Administration and an MSc in Economics & Business Administration and Law from Copenhagen Business School.

Jeremy Skule
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Jeremy Skule is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Nasdaq. In this role, he is responsible for the Nasdaq Global Marketing Group and all corporate communications. Mr. Skule brings more than 15 years of global brand building experience to our team, including a special emphasis on reputation/issue management, integrated business marketing, strategic communications and investor relations--in both agency and corporate settings. Mr. Skule joined Nasdaq in 2012, having previously served as the Chief Communications Officer at MF Global, Senior Vice President and Partner at Fleishman-Hillard, and Vice President at Ruder Finn.

Bryan Smith
Senior Vice President & Head of Global Human Resources

Bryan Smith, NASDAQ SVPBryan Smith joined Nasdaq in 2012 and is responsible for all aspects of global human resources, including HR business advisement, talent management, compensation, benefits, and recruitment.

Mr. Smith previously served as an executive compensation advisor to the senior management team of Nasdaq for six years. Mr. Smith was a founding Partner with Meridian Compensation Partners LLC, an independent executive compensation advisory firm. At Meridian, Mr. Smith provided advice to Boards of Directors and senior management teams on the full range of executive and Board of Director compensation issues.

Prior to his tenure at Meridian, Mr. Smith was a Principal at Hewitt Associates LLC (now Aon Hewitt), a global human resources consulting and outsourcing firm. At Hewitt Associates, Mr. Smith held various senior HR outsourcing and consulting roles. In outsourcing, he served as a Multi-Process Transformation Leader and a Defined Contribution Practice Leader. In consulting, he advised companies and Boards of Directors on talent management, executive compensation, and broad-based total rewards. He also provided HR consulting services to companies undergoing corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, spin-offs, joint ventures, and other restructurings.


Lex Speal
Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance

Lex Speal is Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance for Nasdaq and responsible for leading the firm's financial planning activities. Reporting to the CFO, Lex's team provides long-range financial forecasting, annual budgets, intra-year forecasts, product profitability tracking and internal management reporting that help achieve the solid financial record and fiscal discipline the company is known for.

The team also provides financial support to the corporate support organizations such as Legal, Finance, Facilities, Corporate Services and HR.

Peter Strandell
Senior Vice President & Group Treasurer

Peter Strandell is the Senior Vice President and Group Treasurer for Nasdaq. As the Treasurer, Strandell oversees the Group's Debt/Funding, Asset and liquidity management. In this position he is also responsible for all Counterparty, Currency, Interest rate and Foreign Exchange rate Risk Management.

In addition to Managing Treasury Services, Mr. Strandell also oversees the Risk Management in the Groups Clearing Houses. Since assuming his position, Mr. Strandell has been the financial architect over Nasdaq transformation to a solid Investment Grade company with a well-diversified debt structure and access to multiple sources of capital.

Since the break out of the financial crises in 2008, Peter and his Risk Management team has been focused on implementing new capital adequacy and liquidity models which improves the Groups capacity to better navigate and withstand financial turmoil. Before the current role, Mr. Strandell was the Group Treasurer for the Nordic Exchange group, OMX AB, which he joined 1998.

He holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Stockholm University. Peter Strandell also serves at the Board of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, New York (SACC).


Stacie Swanstrom
Senior Vice President of Nasdaq Global Access Services

Stacie Swanstrom was appointed Senior Vice President of Nasdaq Global Access Services in December 2013. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing a wide-range of solutions and services targeted to the global trading community to serve their various trading needs. These products include market connectivity, co-location services, web- based trading applications, risk and compliance tools, the FINRA/NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility and the Nasdaq Test Facility.

Ms. Swanstrom has over 21 years of industry experience. She has held various leadership roles at Nasdaq including Product Development, Global Marketing, and Human Resources. She also is a member of several industry boards including the Boston Stock Exchange Clearing Corp, The Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia and the FINRA/NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility, LLC.

Ms. Swanstrom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Towson University.

John A. Zecca
Senior Vice President of MarketWatch

John Zecca is Senior Vice President of MarketWatch and head of market regulation for the U.S. markets operated by Nasdaq. He is also chief regulatory officer of NASDAQ BX, Inc In these capacities he oversees a team of regulatory analysts, programmers and attorneys responsible for maintaining fair and orderly markets. He also oversees regulatory services performed by FINRA for Nasdaq's markets. Mr. Zecca previously served as NASDAQ's senior corporate counsel and was responsible for public company compliance and mergers and acquisitions. He is a frequent speaker on market regulation, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley issues.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Zecca served as legal counsel to an SEC commissioner and in the SEC's Office of General Counsel. He practiced corporate securities law at the firms of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and Kaye Scholer. He served as law clerk for the Hon. John H. Pratt of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Zecca received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.