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Gary Offner

Senior Vice President, Head of Nasdaq Ventures

Gary Offner is Senior Vice President and Head of Nasdaq Ventures, the principal strategic and technology venture investment arm of the organization. Based in New York, Gary informs Nasdaq’s broader corporate strategy development with expert and first-hand intelligence on fintech developments from the venture market. He has successfully led several transactions across multiple business units during his tenure, including most recently serving as Chairman of Nasdaq Private Market following a successful consortium partnership with four of the largest global financial institutions. 

He brings over thirty years of direct private capital investment experience through multiple market cycles, primarily in early and mid-stage companies. Gary was formerly a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he managed Principal Strategic Investments globally on behalf of the Institutional Equity Division for over a decade. In that capacity, he led or co-led investments in a variety of companies, including the National Stock Exchange of India (“NSE”), BATS Global Markets, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Markets.com, BIDS Trading, Chi-X Global, Symphony Communications, Enfusion, SR Labs (now Vela Systems) and Visible Alpha. Before Morgan Stanley, Gary worked in venture capital for eight years at SCP Private Equity Partners, an $850 million venture fund sponsored by Safeguard Scientifics, where, as Senior Vice President, he led investments in a number of information technology companies.

Gary has also served on the boards of a number of stock and options exchanges, market infrastructure and financial technology companies, including at each of the investments cited above (with the exception of NSE, Chronograph, and Chi-X Global), in many cases serving on strategy and compensation committees.

Gary earned his BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Columbia College in 1990, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1996, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.