As the opening bell rings on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange today, another day of trading will begin. But it won’t be a typical day. Friday, May 25, 2018, marks the first day in the 226-year history of the NYSE that a woman will be in charge!
Stacey Cunningham becomes the 67th president of the exchange as she succeeds Thomas Farley.
Twenty-four years after starting on the floor as an intern, Cunningham will leave her current position as Chief Operating Officer of the NYSE Group to take the leadership role at the exchange. (Note: Catherine Kinney was the co-president of the exchange in the early 2000’s.)
Even though the field is still male-dominated, Cunningham will join Nasdaq’s leader Adena Friedman as the power women on Wall Street!
In recent interviews, Cunningham acknowledges the lack of women in finance careers. But she shares that her goal is to continue to focus on “diversity of thought” when creating key NYSE teams. This has been successful in bringing women to the table in key roles.
You can read more about Cunningham’s background and her thoughts on being the leader of the NYSE by checking out the following articles:
And you can read more about Adena Friedman here:
Here’s to more women (including you!) making money history!