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Trustee Chairman Rings Out NASDAQ’s 40th Anniversary


John N. Tognino (center), chairman of the Fordham University Board of Trustees, rings the closing bell at NASDAQ on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.
Photo courtesy of NASDAQ OMX Group

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 N. Tognino (FCLS ’75) joined several others at the NASDAQ Stock Market in Times Square, many of whom helped transform it from an over-the-counter market 40 years ago to the largest and most transparent electronic exchange in the world, according to 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.

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 Trustees and the Executive Committee since 2004.

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


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