Jordan Saxe, '02
Director of the Americas, NASDAQ Stock Market
- By Megan Morley Thomas
When Jordan Saxe '02, director of the Americas for the NASDAQ Stock Market, meets with a CEO of a major corporation, he's got an hour tops to convince them why they should be listed with NASDAQ instead of another global exchange. High pressure for someone barely out of his 20s — yet Saxe seems to thrive on it.
"Once you stop adding value to a CEO's time, it's all over. You'll never see them again," says Saxe, who graduated from the School of Business Administration with a focus in international business. "Fortunately, I really love what I do. I get an hour with some of the most interesting, driven, Type-A CEOs of the leading companies in the world."
Saxe, one of youngest directors ever hired by NASDAQ when promoted four years ago at age 27, spends much of his time identifying early-stage companies that are about three years away from going public and helps them maximize the financing and visibility that can be provided by public capital markets. In this capacity, he also works closely with venture capital, private equity and investment firms to educate them on the liquidity options NASDAQ can provide.
"I enjoy the entire process and find it very gratifying to help these companies go through it," Saxe says.
Helping recent grads land jobs
Saxe, who received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2010 from the Alumni Association, has helped students and recent graduates land jobs similar to the way Dennis Ladd '95 gave Saxe a start at his company, FactSet Research Systems, Inc. in Connecticut. "My whole career is based on an alumnus who gave me an opportunity, so I'm paying back my dues" says Saxe, a member of the Alumni Association's New York Regional Board. "What I'm trying to do is expand the network of alums so connections leading to jobs are easier to make. It's all about networking, and UVM is getting better at expanding its network of alums."
Saxe says that his entrepreneurial spirit, which included starting a small pool maintenance company while still in his teens, may one day put him on the other side of an IPO launch.
But as for now, he's more than content with what he considers a dream job. "I was fortunate to be able to advance within NASDAQ in a relatively short period," says Saxe. "I was petrified at first and questioned whether I should even be here, but if you're willing to work hard and you love what you do, it will work out."