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Nasdaq Leadership

The leadership team and the business unit senior vice presidents work collectively to bolster Nasdaq as a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents.

Nasdaq Leadership

Senior Leaders

Nasdaq Senior Leaders lead our business lines and provide daily management, business focus and oversight of Nasdaq's service solutions and product platforms.

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.

Senior Vice President & General Counsel Europe Nasdaq

Andreas Gustafsson hi resAndreas Gustafsson is Senior Vice President & General Counsel Europe Nasdaq and is managing the group that provides legal and regulatory support for Nasdaq's European regulated entities including Exchanges, CCPs, CSDs and investment firms. 

The responsibility also includes oversight of the Trading and Issuer Surveillance department, which monitors members and issuers on the Nordic Exchanges, in compliance of EU regulations, and covers all major governmental policy directives in Europe. 

Andreas has been with Nasdaq since 2005 and previously was with the Swedish FSA, in which he was involved in European policy working groups such as MiFID. He is the Chairman of Nasdaq Stockholm AB, member of the Listing Committee, ESMA Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group and CityUK International Regulatory Strategy Group.

Senior Vice President and Controller

Ann Dennison

Ann serves as Senior Vice President and Controller at Nasdaq. In this capacity, she has responsibility for the company’s financial reporting, analysis and disclosure.

Ms. Dennison has over 19 years of experience in financial reporting and analysis. Prior to Nasdaq she served at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and, prior to that, as head of Financial Reporting, responsible for internal and external firmwide reporting and financial planning and analysis.

She was a member of the Firmwide Disclosure Committee, Capital Management Committee, Firmwide Operational Risk Committee, Federal Reporting Oversight Committee and the Stress Test Committee. She was also the sponsor of the Finance People Development Committee.

During Ms. Dennison’s tenure at Goldman Sachs, she was also the controller for the investment banking, private equity and hedge fund businesses. She joined Goldman Sachs from Price Waterhouse in 1996.

Ms. Dennison holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting and Finance from Pace University -- Lubin School of Business.

Senior Vice President

Angie Ruan

Angie Ruan serves as Senior Vice President, Global Technology. In this role, Ms. Ruan is responsible for overseeing the development of key market technology products, future NFF product development, and global infrastructure development and services. 

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Ms. Ruan served as the Global Group Technology VP of consumer experiences and platform for American Express. She was responsible for the digital transformation of American Express web and mobile technology. Before then, she was the Unit CIO for US Consumer and US Small Business. 

Prior to joining American Express, Ms. Ruan was the Head of Engineering for Global PayPal Retail and Merchant product lines. She also held various executive engineering leadership roles at eBay including building the eBay messaging system, creating the eBay mobile platform, and transforming the DevOps organization. 

Ms. Ruan holds a MS in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara, and studied undergraduate in Computer Science at Tsinghua University of China.

Senior Vice President of Technology Systems

Jeremy Skule December 2015

Bob Caisley serves as Senior Vice President of Technology Systems, a position he has held since joining Nasdaq in February 2016. In this role, Mr. Caisley is responsible for overseeing the technology development of Nasdaq’s Market Technology business, including trading, clearing and securities depository systems and the comprehensive set of exchange and surveillance offerings for clients worldwide.

Mr. Caisley has over 30 years of financial services industry expertise, spending the majority of his career at the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX), respectively. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Caisley served as Chief Information Officer for SGX where he was responsible for the development and delivery of all the exchange’s technology operations.

Mr. Caisley has developed a strong track record in area of technology project management specializing in large scale projects with tight deadlines and budgets. He has also served in various IT development and strategic project management positions in the financial services and public utility industries.

Mr. Caisley is currently based in Stockholm.

Senior Vice President

Brenda Hoffman

Brenda Hoffman serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Technology U.S. Markets Systems and Global Information Services for Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Hoffman is responsible for overseeing the development, operations and regulatory compliance of Nasdaq’s U.S. market trading, information services and auxiliary systems. She is also responsible for overseeing the important transition of the Securities Information Processor (SIP) to INET core technology.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Ms. Hoffman served as the Chief Information Officer and Group Head for TMX Group, leading the technology teams responsible for the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), Venture Exchange (TSXV), the Montreal Derivatives Exchange (MX), and two Canadian clearinghouses: Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC) and Clearing and Depository Service (CDS).

Prior to joining TMX Group, Ms. Hoffman was the Director of the Worldwide Competency Center for Exchanges and Electronic Markets for IBM Global Services with major centers in Toronto and Europe.

Ms. Hoffman has over 25 years of experience in the global capital markets industry and served on various boards and advisory committees, including BOX Market LLC, Agriclear Inc., Razor Risk Technologies Inc. and the CFI (Canadian Financial Institutions) Cyber Security Committee. In 2014, she was named CIO of the year by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

Ms. Hoffman holds an honors B.A. in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Senior Vice President & General Auditor

Brian O'Malley - hi resBrian 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.

Senior Vice President & Head of Global Human Resources

Bryan Smith - hi resBryan 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.

Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations within Global Technology

Don BeeryDonald Beery serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations within Global Technology. He is responsible for developing and leading Nasdaq’s operations agenda across the global suite of products which include Trading, Clearing, CSD, Market Data and Corporate Services across markets and geographies. The Global Operations team also provides managed support for the firm’s Market Technology Customers using the Nasdaq Financial Framework.

Donald has held diverse roles in the financial services industry and has 20 years of engineering, strategy and management consulting with responsibilities such as location strategy, governance, controls and regulatory affairs, vendor management and business initiatives. Donald offers a rich experience of product management leadership and entrepreneurial experience.

Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2009, Donald served as the Director of Trading and Enterprise Infrastructure BTEC/ICAP. His experience spans across multiple leading financial services firms, such as JPMorgan, Instinet, and Chase Manhattan Bank. Throughout his career, he has led enterprise and agile teams including application engineers, site reliability engineers, database and system administrators, and development operations. Don received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor.

Senior Vice President & Global Head of Market Operations

Gunilla HellqvistGunilla 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.

Senior Vice President of Global Client Services and Operations of Corporate Solutions

Greg LipperGreg Lipper is Senior Vice President of Global Client Services and Operations of Corporate Solutions at Nasdaq. In this role, Mr. Lipper is responsible for overseeing Account Management, Client Services, Sales Support and Operations for the company’s portfolio of intelligence and communications solutions it delivers to more than 10,000 corporate clients. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Lipper was Head of Global Business Services for Staples, (Nasdaq: SPLS) and led improvements in business performance and efficiency through operational and process excellence, and global scalable delivery models. 

Mr. Lipper also held senior level roles with Fidelity Investments where he drove operational efficiencies through the delivery of an enhanced customer service model and led global transformation projects. Mr. Lipper has launched operations in India, Philippines and Poland, has lived in multiple countries. He is six sigma certified.

Mr. Lipper earned his MBA in General Management from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Business Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology

Heather Abbott - 2018Heather Abbott is Senior Vice President of Corporate Client Technology and Enterprise IT for Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Abbott is responsible for overseeing the application development and delivery for Corporate Client products to help customers more successfully scale, enter and thrive in public markets, as well as all web properties, and all of Nasdaq’s Corporate applications and internal IT.

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.

Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Jean Jacques Louis - hi resJean-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.

Senior Vice President

Jeff ThomasJeff Thomas is a Senior Vice President of Nasdaq’s Corporate Services business unit. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Thomas oversees Nasdaq’s new Listings and Capital Markets businesses. He also oversees business development and relationship management for Nasdaq’s listed companies and Investor Relations Solutions' clients in the Western United States. 

Previously, Mr. Thomas served as President of Liquidity Solutions at Nasdaq Private Market, where he worked closely with private companies to help them provide shareholder liquidity prior to an IPO. 

Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2014, Mr. Thomas held senior positions at SecondMarket, Gerson Lehrman Group and Altera Corp. Mr. Thomas holds a bachelor degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary

Joan Conley 2Joan Conley is Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Nasdaq, 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.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel North America

John Zecca - hi resJohn Zecca is Senior Vice President, General Counsel North America and Chief Regulatory Officer. In these capacities he oversees a team of attorneys, analysts and programmers responsible for Nasdaq’s corporate, intellectual property and regulatory functions. In addition to the important obligations that come with being a public company, Nasdaq, as a self-regulatory organization, has a core mission to maintain fair and orderly markets. He interacts with government regulators in the various countries where Nasdaq operates to further that core mission. Mr. Zecca is a frequent speaker on market structure, corporate governance and fintech issues.

Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Zecca served as legal counsel to a commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and in the SEC's Office of General Counsel. He practiced corporate securities law at the firms of Hogan Lovells and Kaye Scholer (now Arnold & Porter). He served as law clerk for the Hon. John H. Pratt of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Options, Nasdaq

Kevin Kennedy May 2017Kevin Kennedy is Senior Vice President and Head of U.S. Options in Nasdaq’s Global Trading & Market Services business. In this role, Mr. Kennedy is responsible for leading the US Options business for Nasdaq, including setting the strategic direction for all six of Nasdaq’s U.S. Options exchanges.

Prior to his appointment as Head of U.S. Options, he served as Head of Market Operations for U.S. Options at Nasdaq. Mr. Kennedy also served on the Board of Governors of the PHLX prior to its acquisition by Nasdaq.

Mr. Kennedy began his career as an independent market maker in September 1987. Since then, he has served as President of his own trading firm, and Vice President in Goldman Sachs Equities division, where he managed the firm’s Philadelphia derivatives operation.

Mr. Kennedy graduated from La Salle University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

President Nasdaq Nordics and Nasdaq Stockholm & SVP European Cash Equity and Equity Derivatives, Nasdaq

Lauri Rosendahl is President of Nasdaq Nordics and Nasdaq Stockholmand Senior Vice President of European Cash Equity and Equity Derivatives within Global Transaction and Market Services.

Since joining Nasdaq in May 2009 and up until March 2016, Mr. Rosendahl was the President of Nasdaq Helsinki. From May 2009 to February 2013, Mr. Rosendahl was Head of Product Management for Nordic Equities and Nordic Equity Derivatives. During this time, Mr. Rosendal helped oversee the implementaion of Nasdaq Nordic CCP clearing for cash equities, the launch of INET trading system for cash equities and GENIUM INET for equity derivatives

Also at this time, Mr Rosendahl was responsible for the Baltic and Armenian market operations for Nasdaq. 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 brokerage firms, including Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro / Alfred Berg, Carnegie and Kaupthing. As Head of the Helsinki Stock Exchange, Mr. Rosendahl is a board member of the Securities Market Association in Finland.

Mr. Rosendahl is a board member of the Securities Market Association in Finland and was a founding member and board member from 1989 to 1993. of The Finnish Financial Analyst Society . He was also a board member of The Finnish Brokers' Association, The Private Brokers' Association and on the Supervisory Board of the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Global Head of Infrastructure Services

Louis Modano is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Global Head of Infrastructure Services for Nasdaq. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s information security risk assessment and governance activities as well as information security incident management engineering teams. He is also 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.

Senior Vice President, Head of Product Management, Market Technology

Magnus HaglindMagnus Haglind is Head of Product Management within the Market Technology division of Nasdaq, and responsible for roadmap and product portfolio management of a broad suite of mission critical exchanges and surveillance solutions provided to capital markets. Magnus has held various roles in the exchange industry combining business management, technology, and operations, and he has extensive experience derived from many markets and regulatory regimes around the world. 

Before joining Market Technology, he had roles in the Global Transaction and Market Services division of Nasdaq where he most recently served as Head of Global Commodities, and CEO of Nasdaq Futures. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Information Systems, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Senior Vice President, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Global Information Services technology

Mike O’RourkeMike O’Rourke serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Global Information Services technology. He oversees the development of Nasdaq’s data and index business technology, as well as the advancement of using machine learning throughout Nasdaq.

Mike’s team combines proprietary data with advanced analytics and machine learning to produce sophisticated solutions for Nasdaq’s global customers. These efforts have resulted in several technology breakthroughs and patents for the use of machine learning in areas of market surveillance, advisory, and new data products—including Trading Insights and the Nasdaq Analytics Hub. 

Mike is also responsible for the data technology that powers Nasdaq’s US and global market data feeds, global index offerings (including the Nasdaq 100 and Nasdaq Composite), and critical market infrastructure, such as the UTP SIP.

Mike joining Nasdaq in 1999 as Director, Global Access Services. Previously, he held a professorship at Fairfield University and management roles within the Global Technology Services division at IBM. 

Mike attended Fairfield University, where he earned a master’s degree in Software Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Senior Vice President & Head of Service Delivery, Market Technology

Nicklas Brändström SVP NasdaqNicklas Brändström is Senior Vice President and Head of Service Delivery for Nasdaq’s Market Technology business. Nicklas is responsible for defining, implementing and managing a global service model across all Market Technology offerings for clients worldwide. 

Nicklas joined Nasdaq in 2018 and has 18+ years of experience in enterprise software, cloud and software-as-a-service solutions, as well as experience in managing and delivering complex implementation projects. He joined Nasdaq most recently from Tradeshift, prior to that Nicklas was CEO of IBX Business Network. Nicklas had held various role in the technology industry combining business management, technology and operations. 

Nicklas holds a master’s degrees in Industry Engineering and Management from Luleå University of Technology in Sweden and Curtin University of Technology in Australia. He is based in Stockholm.

Senior Vice President, Global Information Services

Oliver AlbersOliver Albers serves as Senior Vice President, Global Information Services. Oliver leads Nasdaq’s strategic partnership program, including the sales and account management teams for the firm’s Information Services business line. Encompassing core data products, index creation and ETF partnerships, Nasdaq Dorsey Wright, and Nasdaq’s machine intelligence initiatives, he is responsible for bringing to market next generation solutions that touch every type of capital market participant—from retail investors looking for real-time information, to start-ups searching for accurate and cost-effective data, wealth managers building and protecting portfolios with smarter tools, and large broker-dealers and asset management firms advancing their trading strategies and infrastructures.

With two decades of experience at Nasdaq, Oliver is a seasoned business development leader and key driver of new initiatives—bolstered by his previous work in marketing, research, and product development. He continues to be an instrumental driver in the launch of numerous industry-shifting milestones including the Nasdaq Closing Cross, Net Order Imbalance Information, Nasdaq Basic, Nasdaq Last Sale, Trading Insights, and the Analytics Hub.

Oliver’s greatest responsibility is listening to clients and partners, so that he can shape Nasdaq’s products and services to help them achieve their goals.

Oliver earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University with a double-major in Marketing and International Business, and his MBA from The George Washington University.

Senior Vice President & Head of Marketplace Operators & New Markets, Market Technology

Paul McKeown is SVP and Head of Marketplace Operators & New Markets, Market Technology. In his most recent role, Paul oversaw the worldwide sales activities for Nasdaq’s core technology offerings to exchanges, clearinghouses, depositories and emerging marketplaces. Previously, he served as Head of Global Sales and Service for Nasdaq’s Global Corporate Solutions business following the acquisition of the business from Thomson Reuters in 2013. 

Paul also served as Vice President of Market Technology and Global Head of Nasdaq’s compliance and surveillance offerings from 2011 to 2013.

 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. In addition to Sydney, he has been based in New York, Stockholm and currently resides in London.

Senior Vice President & Group Treasurer

Peter Strandell - hi resPeter 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).

Senior Vice President of Listing Services

Robert McCooey - hi resRobert H. McCooey, Jr. Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of Nasdaq’s Listing Services unit. He is responsible for New Listings as well as Relationship Management with Nasdaq’s 3,500 listed companies in the Americas and throughout Asia Pacific. 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.

Senior Vice President, North American Equities, Nasdaq

Tal Cohen joined Nasdaq in April 2016 as the Senior Vice President of North American Equities. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Cohen was the Chief Executive Officer of Chi‐X Global Holdings, LLC from 2010 to 2016. From 2008 to 2010, Cohen served as CEO of Chi‐X Americas.

Prior to joining Chi-X, Cohen held several senior leadership roles at INSTINET, including Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy as well as Co‐head of electronic trading for North America, from 1999-2008. Before joining Instinet, Cohen served as M&A Manager at American Express; building out its strategic investment portfolio. Cohen started at Arthur Andersen as an Auditor and Senior Business Advisor focused on the Financial Services and Telecom industries.

Cohen currently serves as a Director on the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Board and as a Director on the Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) Board. He is a member of IIROC’s Human Resources committee.

Cohen holds a B.A. from SUNY Albany, an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds FINRA Series 24, 7 and 63 licenses, the CSI Partners, Directors, and Senior Officers Designation (PDO).

Senior Vice President & Head of Buy-Side and Sell-Side Solutions, Market Technology

Valerie Bannert-ThurnerValerie Bannert-Thurner (Ph.D.) is SVP and Head of the Buy-Side and Sell-Side Solutions business within Market Technology, Nasdaq. In her most recent role, she was responsible for the overall growth of Nasdaq’s regtech solutions business which provides market-leading risk and surveillance solutions to buy-side firms, broker dealers, clearing firms, exchanges and regulators worldwide. Previously, Valerie oversaw the European Market Technology division and drove expansion into new business segments. 

Before joining the Market Technology business, Valerie held the position of Managing Director at FTEN, a Nasdaq subsidiary, where she ran the FTEN trading and risk management business across Europe and Asia. Previous roles included various leadership positions at fintech companies on the West Coast, US and London. 

Valerie is an expert in the fintech space with a deep understanding of the underlying trading, risk and compliance technologies, market structure and business models. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Business Engineering and Industrial Management, and Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich. Valerie has authored several articles on finance, risk and technology, as well as published a book on strategic acquisition management. She regularly speaks at industry conferences worldwide and has lectured at Cambridge University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. For the last two years, she has been voted as one of the 100 most influential women in finance by Financial News.

Senior Vice President, Global Trading & Market Services

Walt Smith SVP Nasdaq

Walt Smith oversees the Trade Management Services, a business unit primarily focused on data center and connectivity solutions, amongst other trading-related products and services. Additionally, he is responsible for Strategy and Business Development, Global Trading & Market Services, with a focus on new product development, merger and acquisitions, other business analysis and ventures for the division.

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