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NASDAQ Private Market Announces New Head of Sales

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NASDAQ Private Market Announces New Head of Sales

05:00 EST Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ Private Market, LLC announced today the appointment of Jeff Thomas to its senior leadership team as Vice President of Sales. Thomas will be based in San Francisco and report to Greg Brogger, President of NASDAQ Private Market.

"We are excited to have Jeff join the NASDAQ Private Market team," said Brogger. "Jeff's work with emerging and high growth private companies is invaluable to our NASDAQ Private Market members and the entire organization."

Upon its official launch, NASDAQ Private Market will be the new capital market for leading private companies and combines NASDAQ OMX's market operating expertise with SharesPost's leading web-based platform to bring efficiency, transparency and scale to the marketplace.

Thomas is an experienced business development executive, having led the west coast office of SecondMarket and most recently having served as Vice President of Business Development with Owler, a business information service targeted at investors. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

About NASDAQ Private Market:

The NASDAQ Private Market, LLC will be the new capital market for leading private companies. Through its affiliated multi-broker-dealer network and partners, NASDAQ Private Market will connect companies with a global community of investors, and provide an integrated equity solution to manage everything from structured liquidity programs to stock plan administration.  Whether a company seeks to optimize an eventual IPO or remain private permanently, NASDAQ Private Market will provide complete capital market support to meet its needs. For eligible investors and shareholders, NASDAQ Private Market will be a place to discover and engage with some of the most exciting private companies.

NASDAQ Private Market was formed in March 2013 as a joint venture between The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. and SharesPost, Inc.  Securities-related services will be offered through NPM Securities, LLC, a registered broker-dealer and alternative trading system, which is a member FINRA/SIPC and a wholly-owned subsidiary of The NASDAQ Private Market, LLC. Securities offered through NPM Securities, LLC are not listed or traded on The NASDAQ STOCK Market LLC, nor are the securities subject to the same listing or qualification standards applicable to securities listed or traded on The NASDAQ STOCK Market, LLC.

About NASDAQ OMX:

NASDAQ OMX (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, NASDAQ OMX enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. NASDAQ OMX is home to more than 3,300 listed companies with a market value of over $8 trillion. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com.

The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. Neither The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Statements regarding NASDAQ-listed companies are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

- NDAQA -

CONTACT: NASDAQ Private Market Media Contact:
Jeremiah Hall
(415) 349-5016
jeremiah@torchcommunications.com

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