updated 12/21/2010 4:47:20 PM ET 2010-12-21T21:47:20

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) appointed Nelson Griggs as Senior Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific for the Global Corporate Client Group. Mr. Griggs will head Asia Pacific listing efforts for NASDAQ OMX effective immediately. He will be based in Hong Kong and he will report to Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Client Group.

"Nelson's high-energy, focus and ability to attract and ultimately win clients make him an ideal candidate to head up this important region for NASDAQ OMX where we are especially focused on the growing IPO market in China," said Bruce Aust, Executive President of NASDAQ OMX.

Nelson has been with NASDAQ OMX for over 10 years. Throughout his tenure he has played a crucial role in managing efforts to deliver the benefits of the exchange's superior market structure and value-added services to prospective listed companies. Most recently, he was Vice President of New Listings in the Global Corporate Client Group where he led the team responsible for many of the high-profile company switches to NASDAQ from the NYSE, representing over $330 billion in market capitalization. Mr. Griggs also led the team in Canada supporting existing companies, new listings and product sales. Previously, he was a Managing Director in NASDAQ's Global Corporate Client Group and he worked for Fidelity Investments. Nelson graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

About NASDAQ OMX

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with approximately 3,600 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries.  NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com . Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/nasdaqomx ) and Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx ).

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The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about The NASDAQ Stock Market and NASDAQ OMX Group's other products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX Group's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX Group's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

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