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Fordham Trustee Chairman Rings Out NASDAQ’s 40th Anniversary


John Tognino (left), chairman of Fordham’s Board of Trustees, readies to ring the bill with T. Timothy Ryan Jr., president and CEO of SIFMA. Photo courtesy of NASDAQ

The chairman of the Fordham University Board of Trustees rang the NASDAQ closing bell on Feb. 8, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the world’s largest exchange company.

John Tognino (FCLS ’75) joined several others at the NASDAQ Stock Market in Times Square, including Bob Greifeld, chief executive officer of NASDAQ OMX; Eric Noll, executive vice president of Transaction Services at NASDAQ OMX; T. Timothy Ryan Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

Many of the participants helped transform the NASDAQ Stock Market from an over-the-counter market 40 years ago to the largest, most transparent electronic exchange in the world, according to information found on the NASDAQ website.

Tognino spent 36 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he held several positions, including managing director for global equities and managing director for international equities.

In 1991, Tognino was appointed executive vice president of global sales and member affairs at NASDAQ.

Participants celebrated the 40th anniversary of NASDAQ. Photo courtesy of NASDAQ

After retiring from Merrill Lynch in 1993, Tognino served as president and chief executive officer of the Security Traders Association and executive vice president of capital markets and trading at Charles Schwab & Co.

Over the years, Tognino has maintained strong ties to his alma mater, serving as chairman of Fordham’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee since 2004.

He established the Tognino Family Scholarship, which provides financial support to students in Fordham College of Liberal Studiesand the Gabelli School of Business; and the Tognino Endowment for Disability Services, which supports special-needs students.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world’s largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,600 listed companies.


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