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Our People

Our People Make Nasdaq

Inspired by talented colleagues in an entrepreneurial environment, we are pushing the boundaries of possibilities and creating new opportunities.

What We Believe In

Lead with Integrity

• Demonstrate respect for everyone
• Communicate transparently
• Role model honesty & ethics

Expand Your Expertise

• Serve as an expert for your clients
• Be curious, ask questions and continuously learn
• Be a thought leader of today and tomorrow
• Invest the effort to excel

Play as a Team

• Listen well and demonstrate humility
• Trust colleagues, assume good intent
• Collaborate across boundaries
• Seek out diverse thought and background
• Exhibit empathy for others

Act as an Owner

• Take initiative and be proactive
• Be accountable for commitments
• Be empowered to propose solutions
• Set measurable goals, and measure results
• Maximize operational efficiency

Drive Innovation

• Bring forth ideas for meaningful change
• Take intelligent risks; learn from failures
• Show courage and resourcefulness
• Lead with agility and resiliency

Fuel Client Success

• Define your clients
• Center decision making around their needs
• Solve problems swiftly
• Demonstrate resilience through obstacles
• Deliver quality that exceeds expectations

Nasdaq Pulses with Opportunity

    Who We Are


    “Nasdaq is founded on this idea of leveraging novel technology at the right time and the right place.”
    — Bill Dague, Head of Alt Data Research for Nasdaq / Quandl


    “Learning, updating and adapting is what dynamic means to me, and that’s what Nasdaq is about, and that’s why it succeeds.”
    — Wendy Jephson, Head of Behavioural Sciences, Market Technology


    "If someone gives you an opportunity, you better maximize it so that he [or she] wants to give you the next one."
    — Adena Friedman, Chief Executive Officer and President


    “Our employee networks are vital to the value we create at Nasdaq, being able to bring my whole self to work in an inclusive environment encourages the kind of diverse thought that is the substance of innovation."
    — Joshua Machiz, AVP Marketing, Client Experience Events


    "Having an opportunity at the workplace to give back to the community is very positive in terms of employee activity and engagement.”
    — Reekiran Kahlon, VP Software Engineer, Derivatives Core Development

    A Team

    "We have to do it together; otherwise we will fail, especially when you’re working with the huge systems we are developing. It’s really a team effort to achieve success."
    — Henrik Rüffel, Project Manager Senior Specialist

    Learn and Grow at Nasdaq

    Life at Nasdaq includes a range of learning and development options that inspire colleagues to grow their talents and excel in their professional life. 

    Learn how you can grow at Nasdaq. 

    Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

    Every day Nasdaq is building a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where we all feel connected and empowered to succeed.

    Learn more about our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts. 


    Executive Leadership

    Nasdaq executives are at the forefront of our corporate strategy, championing technology and market innovation to transform global markets and economies.

    Adena T. Friedman

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Ann Dennison

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Brad Peterson

    Executive Vice President, Chief Technology / Information Officer

    Edward Knight

    Vice Chairman

    Nelson Griggs

    President, Nasdaq Stock Exchange

    Lars Ottersgård

    Executive Vice President, Market Technology

    Lauren Dillard

    Executive Vice President, Investment Intelligence

    Tal Cohen

    Executive Vice President, Head of North American Markets

    Bjørn Sibbern

    President, European Markets

    Jeremy Skule

    Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

    Bryan Smith

    Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

    Roland Chai

    Global Chief Risk Officer

    John Zecca

    Executive Vice President, Global Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer

    Senior Leaders

    Nasdaq senior leaders support our executive team by executing strategic initiatives and creating exciting client growth opportunities.

    Oliver Albers

    Senior Vice President, Head of Data, Investment Intelligence

    Valerie Bannert-Thurner (Ph.D.)

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

    Donald Beery

    Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations, Global Technology

    Nicklas Brändström

    Senior Vice President and Head of Service Delivery, Market Technology

    Brian Buckley

    Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

    Jim Chen

    Senior Vice President, Business Development and M&A

    Michelle Daly

    Senior Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer

    Fredrik Ekström

    Senior Vice President, Head of Nasdaq Stockholm, European Fixed Income and ESG

    Patrik Färnlöf

    Senior Vice President, Platform and Product Engineering

    Andreas Gustafsson

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel Europe

    Magnus Haglind

    Senior Vice President, Head of Market Infrastructure Technology, Market Technology

    Gunilla Hellqvist

    Senior Vice President, European Operations

    Brenda Hoffman

    Senior Vice President, Head of Technology, U.S. Markets Systems and Investment Intelligence

    Kevin Kennedy

    Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Options, Global Trading and Market Services

    Adam Kostyál

    Senior Vice President, Head of European Listings

    Nikolai Larbalestier

    Senior Vice President, Enterprise Architecture and Performance Engineering

    Phil Mackintosh

    Nasdaq Chief Economist

    Robert H. McCooey, Jr.

    Senior Vice President, Listing Services

    Paul McKeown

    Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer, Market Infrastructure Technology, Market Technology

    Lou Modano

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

    Mike O'Rourke

    Senior Vice President, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Investment Intelligence Technology

    A. Michael Smith

    Senior Vice President, Global Chief Auditor

    Walt Smith

    Senior Vice President, North American Markets

    Karen Snow

    Senior Vice President, Head of East Coast Listings and Capital Services

    Jeff Thomas

    Senior Vice President, Head of Western U.S. Listings and Capital Markets