Report: Nasdaq Prepared To Name Its First Female CEO

November 19, 2015, 8:55 PM UTC
Key Speakers At The Bloomberg CFO Conference
Adena Friedman, chief financial officer of Carlyle Group Management LLC, speaks at the Bloomberg CFO Conference in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Public investors don't assign enough value to the carried-interest income earned by private-equity firms, said Friedman. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photograph by Peter Foley — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Adena Friedman is set to become CEO of Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ), making her the first woman to ever lead a major U.S. stock market, according to a report from Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino.

She would succeed current CEO Bob Greifeld, who reportedly “has told Wall Street executives” that he’s “planning a management overhaul that will … set the stage for his retirement.” The official move reportedly would occur in 2017, when Greifeld’s current contract expires.

Friedman originally began with Nasdaq as an intern, and later served as its chief financial officer until 2011, when she left to take the same role at private equity firm The Carlyle Group (CG). She then rejoined Nasdaq in May 2014 as president of global corporate, information and tech solutions business.

At the time, Friedman was widely seen as Greifeld’s heir apparent. In fact, Fortune‘s story about her rejoining the exchange was headlined: “Did Nasdaq just hire its next CEO?”

In that piece, Friedman would only say the following when asked about a possible promotion to the top job: “I’m coming in to be co-president and I must prove myself in that role.”

Since Friedman was brought aboard, Nasdaq’s stock price has climbed 59.6%.

A Nasdaq spokesman declined comment.

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