NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Robert Greifeld, Nasdaq chief executive officer, an Iona College alumnus (class of 1979), will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 72nd annual undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“As our graduates transition from students to alumni, it is motivating to have successful leaders of business share their wisdom and experiences,” said Joseph E. Nyre, president of Iona College. “We are inspired by Mr. Greifeld’s many accomplishments and grateful for his willingness to share his story with his fellow Iona alumni.”
Greifeld assumed leadership of Nasdaq in 2003, when the company’s primary business was operating one equity market in the United States. Today, Nasdaq is a leading participant in the exchange and technology sector, delivering trading, listing, intelligence and public company services across six continents.
During his tenure, Greifeld has led Nasdaq through a series of complex, innovative acquisitions that have extended the company’s footprint across the world, spanning all asset classes. In January 2009, Nasdaq was named “Company of the Year” by Forbes Magazine, one of many such recognitions. Greifeld has been a strong advocate for modernizing exchanges and financial regulation to keep America’s capital markets competitive. He has also called for chief executive officers to embrace sound, modern regulation, as consistent with strong business practices.
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