NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced four new university clients—bringing academic institution totals to 30—who have selected Directors Desk, one of the world's leading secure board portals, to bolster board communications and effectiveness. Ball State University, Oregon State University, Seton Hall University and Texas Tech University have all inked 12-month renewable contracts with NASDAQ OMX to leverage Directors Desk's industry leading cloud technology for boards. "Enhancing board communications is a major goal of our strategic plan," said Peter Campanella, Chairman, Ball State University Foundation. "This is a perfect time to introduce secure online technology, which will not only facilitate communications during board meetings but also allow us to build an electronic library of materials for board and staff members to utilize. A current and comprehensive collection of governance documents, reference and education materials, orientation information and other pertinent data will always be at their fingertips." "We are seeing a growing demand from colleges and universities across the globe that are looking to improve their board's digital footprint, while strengthening their communication and governance capabilities," said Demetrios Skalkotos, Senior Vice President, Corporate Solutions, NASDAQ OMX. "We are very proud to be supporting these institutions in bolstering their boardroom efforts." With over 1,000 boards and 25,000 users worldwide utilizing its technology, Directors Desk is a global leader in the board portal space. Directors Desk, which recently upgraded its Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8 Edition app and is the only board portal solution to offer the application (a mobile HD iPad app is also available), offers a comprehensive solution designed to improve board communications and effectiveness, while relieving corporate executives of the paperwork and time involved in keeping boards informed. Since 2007, the board portal has been trusted by Fortune 500 companies, private and public companies, hospitals, universities and startups around the world to simplify and secure boardroom procedures. About NASDAQ OMX The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 26 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.999% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500) Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Directors Desk and NASDAQ OMX's products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.