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Tom Callahan is the Chief Executive Officer and Manager of the board of managers of Nasdaq Private Market. Tom has 30 years of leadership experience within the financial services industry. Prior to Nasdaq Private Market, he served as the Head of Global Cash Management and a member of the Global Operating Committee at BlackRock, where he spent nearly nine years. In his role with BlackRock, Tom led the transformation of the firm’s global cash management platform, a $700 billion business focused on delivering liquidity and balance sheet solutions to many of the world’s largest public and private corporations. During his tenure, assets under management in his division grew by over $500 billion.
Previously, Tom served as the Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Liffe U.S., the U.S. futures exchange of NYSE Euronext, where he spent five years. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly 15 years at Merrill Lynch, where he held various leadership positions in both New York and London. Tom earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Eric Folkemer is the President, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). He has 20 years of industry experience. In 2013, Eric led the creation of NPM as a direct response to the JOBS Act, recognizing private markets were on the cusp of radical transformation. Under his leadership, NPM has become one of the most trusted brands in private markets.
In 2021, Eric led NPM’s corporate spinout from Nasdaq, Inc., transitioning the company into an independent entity.
Prior to NPM, he spent more than 18 years at Nasdaq, Inc., where he held several roles including Head of Strategy within the Global Listing Services division and Vice President within Corporate Strategy. While at Nasdaq, Eric focused on new business ventures, acquisitions, and partnerships. He also led the acquisitions of eight core assets that formed Nasdaq Corporate Solutions.
Eric earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Bates College.
Rotem David is the Chief Product Officer at Nasdaq Private Market (NPM), where he has spent nearly 10 years building out NPM’s portfolio of products which offer liquidity across various transaction types. In his current role, he is responsible for setting the company’s product strategy for both capital markets and company solutions. Prior to NPM, Rotem held lead engineering roles at SecondMarket and Nasdaq, Inc. He was also the Co-Founder of Clever Turtles, where he built a bill splitting app that utilizes OCR to intake receipts at restaurants.
Earlier in his career, Rotem served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Commander in a Search and Rescue unit. He earned his BS in computer science from Columbia University.
Susan George is the Chief People Officer at Nasdaq Private Market, leading the company’s human resources function. In this role, she develops and implements human resource practices and programs to enhance the company’s culture and deliver on its talent strategy and initiatives. Susan has more than 25 years of human resources experience.
Prior to joining NPM, she was a Human Resources consultant. Previously, Susan spent more than 19 years at S&P Global, where she held various leadership positions. As a Vice President and Senior Director within Human Resources at S&P Global, she partnered with business leaders and the company’s C-suite as the global head of Human Resources and a member of the executive committee to grow talent and strengthen the businesses. Previously, Susan was a Human Resources Manager at McGraw Hill Financial. Earlier in her career, she was the Head of Human Resources at The Reserve Funds. `Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MS in human resources management from Baruch College.
Amanda Gold is the Chief Marketing Officer at Nasdaq Private Market, responsible for overseeing marketing, brand, public relations, and corporate communications worldwide. She has more than 20 years of marketing experience.
Previously, Amanda was a Director and the Head of Corporate Communications at BTIG, where she spent seven years. At BTIG, she led all marketing and corporate communications for the firm globally, overseeing all public relations, branding, marketing strategy and communications initiatives. Amanda was responsible for raising the profile and visibility of the firm and worked to maintain the brand’s integrity across all business units and internal and external touchpoints. She was also a member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee. Prior to BTIG, Amanda was a Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Convergex, an affiliate of the Bank of New York Mellon, where she spent nearly a decade. She began her career in the Advertising and Account Services division of LEADERS magazine. Amanda earned a BA in government from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Andrew Kroculick is a Managing Director and the Head of Business Operations and Client Experience at Nasdaq Private Market. Andrew leads the teams that provide account management and operational services for Company Solutions, NPM’s Secondmarket, and Transfer & Settlement Solutions for issuers and brokers. He has worked at NPM since 2017 and has led company-wide initiatives supporting new transaction processes, product roll-outs, sales campaigns, and standing up new business functions. Prior to Nasdaq Private Market, he was a Senior Director within corporate strategy at Nasdaq, Inc.
Previously, Andrew was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He earned his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and his MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Brett Mock is a Senior Vice President and the Head of Global Capital Markets at Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). Brett manages the broker-dealer, Capital Markets team, and marketplace product for banks, private companies, and investors. He has nearly 30 years of industry experience. Prior to NPM, Brett was a Senior Vice President and Head of Sales at Capital Markets Gateway (CMG), between 2017 and 2020. CMG completed a Series B funding round in 2020. Previously, he was a Partner and Managing Director at JonesTrading, where he covered large mutual funds and hedge funds. Earlier in his career, Brett was a Managing Director and Senior Institutional Equity Sales Trader for seven years at BTIG, where he helped build out the firm’s institutional business.
He was also a Director and Senior Institutional Sales Trader at Wachovia Securities, and a Principal Nasdaq Market Maker and Sales Trader at Banc of America Securities/Montgomery Securities. Brett began his career with Spear, Leeds and Kellogg (acquired by Goldman Sachs). He was the National Chairman of the Security Traders Association in 2010 and board member between 2005 and 2011. In 2005, Brett was President of the San Francisco Security Traders Association and a board member from 2002 to 2006. He earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.
Erik Peña is a Senior Vice President, and the Chief Revenue Officer at Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). Prior to NPM, he was the Head of Corporate Development at Silicon Valley Bank, where he was responsible for M&A, strategic investments, and partnerships.
Previously, Erik was an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets and Brown Brothers Harriman and held other corporate development roles in the industry.
Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant with roles at Strategic Decisions Group, Campbell Alliance, The Advisory Board Company, and ITIM Associates. Erik began his career as a biochemistry and molecular biophysics research technician at Columbia University Medical Center. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Georgetown University and his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Cyndi Rodriguez is the Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). Cyndi held similar roles at Collective Liquidity, Inc. and SharesPost, Inc., as well as served as an advisor to Forge Global, Inc. Previously, she was a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Nasdaq, Inc., and the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at NPM, when it was a subsidiary of Nasdaq, Inc., for more than five years.
Cyndi held several senior leadership positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Deputy Chief of Staff of the agency, Senior Counsel to the Commissioner, and Special Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets. Earlier in her career, she was in private practice at a large law firm based in Dallas, Texas. Cyndi also serves on the Board of Advisors for Collective Liquidity, Vested, and Astrella. Previously, she was an Advisory Board Member at WFFConnect. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Jimmy Ronnkvist is the Chief Financial Officer of Nasdaq Private Market. Jimmy leads all of the financial functions for the company including accounting, audit, treasury, and corporate finance. Prior to Nasdaq Private Market, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Nasdaq, Inc’s Listings Services, where he spent five years leading the finance team. During this period with Nasdaq, Inc., Jimmy was involved with several M&A transactions and was the finance lead for the BWISE divestiture and Second Market acquisition and integration. For more than a decade, he served in a variety of financial leadership roles within the Global Technology and Corporate Finance divisions at Nasdaq, Inc., where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, reporting, acquisitions, integrations, and strategy. Jimmy also served as the Treasurer for the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.
Earlier in his career, he held several finance positions with global retailer Tesco’s upstart Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market, where he helped launch the company, distribution facility, and hundreds of stores. Jimmy earned a BBA with honors from California State University and an MBA with distinction from Cornell University.
Chris Setaro is the Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer of Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). Prior to joining NPM, he was a Senior Vice President and the Head of Global Risk at Forge Global Inc. Previously, Chris was the Global Chief Compliance Officer of SharesPost, Inc. and Chief Compliance Officer for its broker-dealer subsidiary SharesPost Financial Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was a Vice President at Nasdaq, Inc. serving as the Chief Compliance Officer at Nasdaq Execution Services, Nasdaq Capital Markets Advisory, Execution Access, and NPM Securities, all of which were Nasdaq’s U.S. broker-dealer subsidiaries, at the time, and focused on equities and options routing, U.S. Treasury securities trading, private company liquidity programs and issuer advisory services. He also oversaw the compliance staff for Nasdaq’s registered investment advisor.
Additionally, Chris held a variety of compliance roles at Instinet Incorporated including Chief Compliance Officer for Instinet, LLC, where he spent nearly 15 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.
Jonathan Yam is the Chief Technology Officer at Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). He oversees NPM's global engineering (technology platforms, trading systems, and infrastructure). Jonathan is also responsible for NPM’s technical roadmap to develop and deploy industry-leading private market technology.
He has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to NPM, Jonathan was Head of Exchange Engineering at Coinbase, where he led the engineering organization responsible for Coinbase’s Exchange and architecture of its next-generation platform. He managed the technical operations of the company’s U.S. spot exchange and scaled its trading systems for cryptocurrency investors. Previously, Jonathan was Head of Technology Development at IEX, responsible for exchange trading systems and products.
He was also a Director and Global Head of Client Connectivity and Market Data at Citi. Earlier in his career, Jonathan spent six years at RBC Capital Markets as a Director and the Head of Development for the THOR smart order router. He spent six years at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, where he was a Vice President within algorithmic trading technology. Jonathan began his career as a Software Engineer at The Walt Disney Company. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University.
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