Sharon Bowen Named Chair of New York Stock Exchange Board

Sharon Bowen has been named board chair of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), making her the first Black woman to gain that prominent role.

Also called the “Big Board,” the NYSE calls itself the world’s largest stock exchange. A deep-rooted Wall Street fixture, it reportedly has a combined capitalization of $36 trillion and 2,400 listed companies.

Bowen’s appointment comes as the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), NYSE’s parent company, has announced senior leadership changes. “As organizations everywhere adjust to a world transformed by the pandemic, our management team is evolving along with the market environment,” ICE founder Jeff Sprecher stated, according to TRT World.

The management shuffle reputedly comes as the NYSE faces growing competition from Nasdaq Inc. and other stock exchanges. Nasdaq has raised a total of $191 billion through IPOs in 2021, nearly double the $109 billion raised at the NYSE, based on data from Dealogic.

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SOURCE: Black Enterprise, Jeffrey McKinney