Adena Friedman serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Friedman is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s business segments with a focus on driving efficiency, growth and expansion. She has P&L responsibility as well as oversight for day-to-day business operations for each of the company’s business units, including Listing Services, Information Services (comprising Index and Data), Technology Solutions (comprising Market Technology and Corporate Solutions) and Global Trading & Market Services.
Ms. Friedman rejoined Nasdaq in 2014 as President, after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group from March 2011 to June 2014.
Before Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy, as well its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Friedman is credited with significant contributions to the strategy and expansion of the organization, helping to create one of the most diversified exchanges in the world today. She played an instrumental role in the company's acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993.
Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A. from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.
Bruce E. Aust is Vice Chairman of Nasdaq. In this role, Mr. Aust works closely with Nasdaq’s Global Listing Services unit to assist clients and prospects worldwide. Mr. Aust also serves as President of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, located in San Francisco, and will play an integral role in the creation and launch of the Center, which is slated to open in 2015. The Entrepreneurial Center is a new non-profit organization funded by the Nasdaq Educational Foundation designed to engage emerging entrepreneurs through events, hands-on mentorship and education.
Previously, Mr. Aust served as Executive Vice President, Global Listing Services, a role in which he oversaw Nasdaq’s new listings and capital market business as well as global business development and relationship management with the companies listed on Nasdaq’s 16 listing markets worldwide.
During Mr. Aust’s tenure, Nasdaq attracted some of the country’s highest-profile IPOs, including Google, GoPro, Dunkin Donuts, Carlyle, JD.com, Markit, Splunk, Tesla, and Facebook, as well as NYSE company switches including American Airlines, Marriott, Mattel, Vodafone, DreamWorks, Texas Instruments, Viacom, Office Depot and Kraft Foods Group.
In addition, Mr. Aust served as Executive Director and Vice President of the Listing Services, a role in which he maintained oversight of all listed companies in the western region, representing 60 percent of the market cap on Nasdaq. He assisted more than 200 companies in going public and worked closely with CEOs and executives of some of the most well-known companies listed on Nasdaq.
Throughout his career with the firm, he has been instrumental in managing Nasdaq’s international investor programs, providing listed companies with exposure to institutional investors in Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining Nasdaq in 1998, Mr. Aust spent 12 years at Fidelity Investments in a variety of sales, trading, and management positions in Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He is the recipient of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and The Digital Leadership award from Computers for Youth. In addition, Mr. Aust is a Technet Executive Committee member.
Nelson Griggs is Executive Vice President of Nasdaq's Listings Services. In this role, Mr. Griggs oversees Nasdaq’s new listings and capital market business as well as global business development and relationship management with the 3,500 companies listed on Nasdaq’s listing markets around the world. Mr. Griggs also serves as a board member of the Nasdaq Private Market, where he advises on strategy and operations.
Mr. Griggs oversees a team with representatives located in the U.S., China, Israel, India, Russia, Japan, South Korea, South America and the Nordic and Baltic regions.
Previously, Mr. Griggs served as Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets in the US and Asia for Nasdaq. During his time in this role Mr. Griggs attracted some of the highest-profile IPOs and transfers to Nasdaq.
Mr. Griggs joined Nasdaq in 2001 and has served the company in a range of leadership roles within its Listing Services unit including: Senior Vice President, Listings Services, where he was responsible for Nasdaq’s U.S. listings business and corporate solutions sales; and Head of Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Griggs worked at Fidelity Investments and a San Francisco-based start-up. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH.
Brad Peterson currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Nasdaq. He previously served as CIO and EVP for Schwab Technology Services (STS), responsible for Schwab’s technology innovation, development, infrastructure and operations.
In addition to leading Schwab’s technology enterprise, Peterson also had responsibility for Project Services (which covered the planning, coordination and financial management of all company-wide projects) and Offshore Services (leveraging third-party offshore capabilities whenever appropriate).
Peterson also served as CIO at eBay for five years. Prior to eBay, Peterson was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Epoch Securities after its merger with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He has also held senior executive positions at companies including Epoch Partners, Schwab, Pacific Bell Wireless and Pacific Telesis (now part of AT&T).
He earned his master's degree in management at MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor's degree in systems science and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Luther E. (“Tom”) Birdzell III
Tom Birdzell served high growth companies and venture capital and other investment funds primarily as a lead audit partner and/or M&A advisor for Deloitte & Touche and Andersen from 1979 through 2012.
He has extensive experience with private financings, IPO’s, SEC registration statements, mergers and acquisitions, and investment due diligence. Tom served as a professional practice director at both Andersen and Deloitte, was a member of the Auditing Standards Board (1995-1997), and served as the Chairperson of The New York State Society of CPA’s Financial Accounting Standards and Computer Usage and Data Processing Committees.
Prior to joining Andersen in 1974, Tom received a B.S. degree in Physics, an MBA, and worked as a computer programmer.
Steve Bochner is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He has served as lead counsel for many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies, assisting them in venture capital, public offering, and merger transactions. He also has represented numerous start-up companies, as well as leading venture capital and investment banking firms.
From 2009 to 2012, Steve served as the CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and is currently a member of the firm's board of directors. From 1996 to 2011, Steve served on the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council, most recently as chair and co-chair. In 2005, Steve was appointed as a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies. Steve also recently served on the IPO Task Force, which presented a report to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on increasing job creation by improving access to the capital markets for emerging growth companies, and was extensively involved in designing the IPO-related provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012.
Steve earned his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Alan Denenberg is a partner at Davis Polk and head of the Menlo Park office. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions. His practice includes a broad range of public and private equity and debt financing representing both domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in a variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications, health care, retail and manufacturing. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Alan has worked on a number of public and private transactions, representing both acquirer and target companies, as well as private equity firms.
Prior to Davis Polk, Alan was a partner at Shearman & Sterling. He received an LLM from Columbia Law School, LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and BA from McGill University.
Donald A. McGovern, Jr.
Don McGovern was Vice Chairman, Global Assurance Leader, and a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Global Network Executive Team from 2008 until his retirement from PwC in 2013.
Don is by background a High Technology Industry Assurance partner and served as the Global Engagement Partner, lead audit partner, or concurring partner, for numerous large Silicon Valley and other U.S. public companies. In addition to directing the U.S. firm's services for large public company clients, he has extensive securities experience related to initial public offerings (IPO) and other SEC registration statements, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and divestitures, and the adoption and implementation of complex accounting standards and other regulatory standards such as PCAOB standards and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 provisions. He was the engagement partner on over 20 Silicon Valley IPOs and concurring partner on at least 15 other IPOs. Don currently serves on the Board of CRH plc as a non-executive Independent Director.
Kate Mitchell is a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a venture capital fund with over $1 billion under management that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies.
In addition to her investing activities, Kate oversees the partnership's operations. Kate and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (SalesForce), Vitrue (Oracle), Ring Central (NYSE: RNG), Box, Docusign, and Omniture (Adobe). She was the 2010-2011 chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and remains active in policy matters that affect entrepreneurship, startups and innovation. Kate chaired the IPO Task Force, whose recommendations for reform were included in Congress' recently enacted JOBS Act.
Kate writes a regular blog for the Wall Street Journal's "The Accelerators" forum. She is also on the board of Silicon Valley Bankshares. She received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her policy work on behalf of the venture ecosystem.
Matt W. Sonsini
Mr. Sonsini is the Chief Investment Officer of The Sobrato Organization and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer. As a former corporate and securities attorney, Matt has more than 20 years’ experience in advising technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and private equity firms that finance them. Matt’s areas of expertise include public and private financings, mergers & acquisitions, corporate formation and board governance. Prior to joining TSO in 2008, Matt was a partner at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC, where he served on the policy, nominating and recruiting committees. He began his career at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Matt taught securities law for several years at Boalt Hall School of Law and is the former Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Sub-Committee on Venture Capital Documents. Matt graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1988 and earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.
Chris Varelas is a founding Partner of Riverwood Capital. Prior to establishing Riverwood, Chris was the Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking at Citigroup Global Markets.
He was also Head of Citi’s National Investment Bank and as such was responsible for the oversight of Citi’s middle-market banking practice. His leadership propelled Citi’s market share in both technology M&A and capital raising from immaterial in the late 1990’s to top 3 globally in recent years.
His 18-year tenure at Citigroup and legacy firm Salomon Brothers has given Chris a vast network in the Technology Industry which will greatly assist Riverwood in sourcing attractive global proprietary investment opportunities. In addition, as one of the top rated TMT bankers responsible for many of the largest transactions in the sector, Chris is skilled in sourcing, analyzing and structuring unique and complex technology deals, as evidenced by his leadership on landmark transactions such as Compaq/HP, Lucent Fiber, PeopleSoft/Oracle, IBM/PWC, Nokia/Navteq and Flextronics/Solectron.
Chris earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California for which he serves on the Board of Trustees.
Stephen Venuto is a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, based in Silicon Valley and is a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies group. Stephen’s practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and media companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Stephen was Facebook’s first attorney and is widely recognized as one of the leading startup attorneys in the country. The American Lawyer recently named him “Dealmaker of the Year.” In 2014, the Daily Journal named Stephen to the inaugural Top Emerging Companies Lawyers list. In 2013, the Daily Journal named him to its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. Before joining the firm, Stephen was an attorney at Venture Law Group.
He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. degree in Political Science and History, and from Cornell Law School, cum laude.