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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.

Walt Smith

Walt Smith SVP NasdaqWalt 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.

Previously, Walt led Nasdaq’s U.S. Equities business, responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of Nasdaq’s U.S. stock exchanges, including The Nasdaq Stock Market. Additionally, Walt had a primary role in pricing/business intelligence activities for U.S. Equities and Options. Prior to leading the U.S. Equities business, Walt was part of the U.S. Options leadership team involved in pricing, analytics, listed options programs, and business unit strategy.

In 1997, Walt joined the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX) as part of the Exchange’s Regulatory Group. After his brief regulatory career, Walt served as a Vice President in PHLX’s Strategic Project Group, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, with a focus on futures, pricing policies, business analysis, PHLX’s market data business, options listing operations, new products and related matters. Other past roles at PHLX include: Director in the Business and Operations Planning Department, as well as Chief Examiner. Walt joined Nasdaq in 2008 as part of Nasdaq’s acquisition of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

Walt began his financial services career as a senior registered representative for The Vanguard Group. Walt holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Business Administration, with concentrations in corporate finance and strategy, from The Pennsylvania State University.

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