First ladies of the exchanges

Whether at the world's largest exchange, which for the first time in its 214-year history is headed by a woman president or at the much younger Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, women have taken the helm.

By SHARON WROBEL
February 1, 2007 10:24
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Whether at the world's largest exchange, which for the first time in its 214-year history is headed by a woman president or at the much younger Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, women have taken the helm. "We just shared the fact that we both love our jobs," said Catherine R. Kinney, the first woman president and co-chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange Group. referring to Ester Levanon, who took over in June last year as the first lady of the TASE. "I believe women are very competent, which the world has realized and there is much awareness of this fact." Kinney joined the NYSE in 1974 and rose through the ranks, holding management positions in several divisions including technology planning and regulation, before moving into her current spot. "I think today it is of great value for children to see that both of their parents are working," Kinney said at a joint conference with the TASE in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Levanon joined the exchange as manager for information technology and operations in 1986 and led the electronic revolution of computerizing its trading and clearing processes before rising to the position of TASE CEO. "I think we see a change today in the acceptance of the fact that women are going out into the workplace rather than staying in the home," said Levanon.

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