Adena Friedman

Adena Friedman

Formal First Name
1969 - present

Adena Friedman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing all business segments within the stock exchange, with a focus on driving efficiency, product development, growth, and expansion. Friedman has more than 20 years of industry leadership and expertise and is a known advocate for financial literacy and education. She has been forthright on the topic of women in leadership and is an avid supporter of mentoring and career opportunities for women in the financial services industry.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Friedman began his financial career in 1993 as an intern at Nasdaq.
  • She is credited with significant contributions that shaped Nasdaq's strategic transformation into a leading global exchange and technology solutions company with operations on six continents.
  • She played an instrumental role in Nasdaq’s acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges.
  • She shortly left Nasdaq to join The Carlyle Group, where she played a significant role in taking the company public in December 2012. 
  • She rejoined Nasdaq in 2014 to oversee the technology, information, and corporate businesses that comprised over two-thirds of Nasdaq’s revenues.