Bob Greifeld (Former CEO/Chairman @Nasdaq) on leading the market through data transformation

April 28, 2020

In this podcast, Bob Greifeld discussed the importance of understanding the transformation and leading the companies. Bob shared his journey of growing Nasdaq through changing market times and taking the company through intense market pressure and product competition. The session is a great watch for aspiring leaders preparing a team that plays a significant role in defining the jobs of the future.

2:45 What’s Bob’s journey?
4:10 How did Bob’s childhood shape him to be who he is?
5:00 How to prepare yourself for a leadership role?
7:34 How to set the right direction and pace for your company?
11:50 Tips for CEOs in implementing change?
14:34 How to find the right people to work for you?
16:25 How can you ensure that you’re transforming the company at the right place?
20:06 What ecosystem do you need to be successful?
25:00 How does NASDAQ bring the up and down of market fluctuations into a single index?
27:40 Are companies focussing more on employees or shareholders?
30:48 Bob’s perception of the future of work?
37:12 The ideal reader for Bob’s book.
40:45 How does Bob spend his days?
43:16 Qualities that define Bob.
45:50 Bob’s favorite reads.
47:54 Should a leader invest in people or technology?

Bob’s Recommended Read:
Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald T. Phillips

Bob’s book:
Market Mover: Lessons from a Decade of Change at Nasdaq – by Robert Greifeld

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Bob’s BIO:
Robert Greifeld is Chairman of Virtu Financial, Inc. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) until May 10, 2017, and as Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq from 2003 to 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Greifeld led Nasdaq through a series of complex, innovative acquisitions that extended the company’s footprint from a single U.S. equity exchange to a global exchange and technology solutions provider, nearly quadrupling revenue, growing annual operating profits by more than 24 times and achieving a market value of over $11 billion. Mr. Greifeld is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the NYU Stern Board of Overseers. He is the Founder and Chairman of the USA Track & Field Foundation, which supports emerging athletes and inner-city youth athletics. Mr. Greifeld holds a Masters in Business from New York University, Stern School of Business, and a B.A. in English from Iona College.

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