NEW YORK (TheStreet) --On Monday Nasdaq announced that current CEO Robert Greifeld will be stepping down and replaced by COO Adena Friedman as of January 1, 2017. Greifeld, who has been leading the trans-Atlantic stock exchange since 2003, will take on a new role and become Chairman of the Board.
"The great news is that I have been working with Bob for 10 years and most notably when I came back president and now COO, he and I have been really partnering together to make sure that we're optimizing the business," Friedman said Tuesday afternoon in an appearance on "Bloomberg Markets: America."
She feels she has a solid hand in everything that has been going on at the Nasdaq for the last two years and is focused on making sure Nasdaq remains a critical infrastructure and technology provider to the markets.
"Technology is deeply embedded in our DNA, it's how we got started as an exchange, to be the first electronic exchange. I think that will continue to be our focus and how we can bring emerging technologies and really drive them to allow our clients to interact with the capital markets," she continued.
Friedman was questioned about any changes that could be expected at the Nasdaq. She responded by pointing out that they have been transforming into a global technology provider and she expects to remain on that path.
As the interview progressed the topic inevitably turned to the results of last week's presidential election and what the markets can expect from President-Elect Trump and how that will impact the Nasdaq.