Noted for radically shaping Nasdaq’s renovation to become a leader in global exchange and technology solutions Adena Friedman sits at the top of Nasdaq as President and CEO. With more than 20 years of industry management and knowledge, Friedman is reshaping the ways to grow wealth, create jobs, and enhance people’s lives. Friedman aspires for Nasdaq to set the tone for re- examining capital markets and economies. Friedman has challenged the company to focus on productivity, product development, and growth. Despite the pressure as CEO, Friedman is not only up to the task, but concentrates on remaining true to who she is and the company’s mission of helping capital markets and clients effectively by providing advanced technology, dependable solutions, and honesty. Before CEO, Friedman was President and COO, in a variety of management positions, and an intern at Nasdaq with a brief hiatus as CFO and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group. She earned a BA in political science from Williams College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Year appointed: 2013