Robert Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer
assumed leadership of NASDAQ
in 2003, when the company's primary business was operating one equity market in the U.S. Today
, NASDAQ OMX
is a leading participant in the exchange and technology sector, delivering trading, listing, financial market technology and public company services across six continents.
Mr. Greifeld has led NASDAQ OMX through a series of complex, innovative acquisitions that have extended its footprint across the world, spanning all asset classes.
In 2008, he
led the Exchange's combination with Stockholm-based OMX AB
, as well as acquisitions of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Boston Stock Exchange and Nord Pool, Europe's largest power market.
owns and operates 26 markets, including 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories and its technology drives more than 70 marketplaces worldwide.
In January 2009, NASDAQ OMX
was named "Company of the Year" by Forbes magazine
Also in 2009, NASDAQ OMX
was ranked as one of the best performing companies in the U.S. as part of the BusinessWeek 50
, and it was named to Fortune Magazine's annual list of 100 Fastest Growing Companies.
Mr. Greifeld has been a strong advocate of modernizing exchanges and financial regulation to keep America's capital markets competitive.
has been outspoken on issues including Sarbanes Oxley, encouraging CEOs to embrace sound, modern regulation as consistent with good business practices.
has been critical of outmoded U.S. immigration policies, citing these as harmful to U.S. innovation and business growth.
Prior to joining NASDAQ OMX, Mr. Greifeld led the buy-side businesses for SunGard Data Systems.
was also an entrepreneur for 10 years and (with a small team) created the industry standard trade order management system for NASDAQ stocks.
The company he
led, Automated Securities Clearance, and its technology platform, BRASS
, was purchased by SunGard
Greifeld holds a Masters in Business from New York University, Stern School of Business, and a B.A. in English from Iona College.
graduate school thesis was on the operation of The NASDAQ Stock Market.
Mr. Greifeld is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Partnership for New York City, an organization devoted to enhancing the local economy.
He is Chairman of the USA Track & Field Foundation, which supports emerging athletes and inner city youth athletics.