Adena Friedman

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Adena Friedman
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Adena Friedman at the US Department of the Treasury Women in Finance Symposium, July 12, 2011.
Adena Robinson Testa

1969 (age 49–50)
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. Williams College
M.B.A. Vanderbilt University
OccupationCEO of NASDAQ
Spouse(s)Michael Friedman
Parent(s)Adena W. Testa
Michael D. Testa

Adena T. Friedman (born 1969) is an American businessperson. She currently serves as the president and CEO of Nasdaq.[1] She was formerly the managing director and CFO of The Carlyle Group. In May 2014, it was announced that Friedman would return to NASDAQ OMX as the president of global corporate and information technology solutions.[2] In November 2016, she was named the CEO of NASDAQ.[3]

Early years[edit]

Born Adena Robinson Testa and raised in metropolitan Baltimore, she is the daughter of Michael D. Testa, a managing director at T. Rowe Price, and Adena W. Testa, an attorney in the Baltimore law firm of Stewart, Plant & Blumenthal.[4]


She attended Roland Park Country School. She earned a BA in political science from Williams College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management.[4]


As of 2019, she is listed as the 16th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[5] Friedman became CEO on January 1, 2017 of the Nasdaq [6] making her the first woman to lead a global exchange company. [7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, she married Michael Cameron Friedman in a Presbyterian ceremony in Hanover, New Hampshire.[4] They have two sons.[8] She has a black belt in taekwondo.[6]


  1. ^ "Adena Friedman".
  2. ^ "Adena Friedman returns to Nasdaq". Reuters. May 12, 2014.
  3. ^ New York Times: "Nasdaq Names a New Chief Executive: Adena Friedman" By Michael J. de la Merced November 14, 2016
  4. ^ a b c New York Times: "Weddings; Adena R. Testa, Michael Friedman" August 22, 1993
  5. ^ "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b Osipovich, Alexander (February 3, 2017), Nasdaq’s New CEO Adena Friedman Has a Big Job: Reimagining the Stock Exchange, New York City: Wall Street Journal, retrieved January 4, 2017 Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Market Masters: Adena Friedman Begins her Tenure as CEO of Nasdaq. Looking to Emerging Technologies to Help Reshape World Financial Markets by Ryan Underwood". Vanderbilt Magazine. Spring 2017: 36.
  8. ^ Alford Lake Camp: "Adena Testa Friedman" retrieved November 14, 2016

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