Edward Knight will serve as Vice Chairman of Nasdaq effective October 1. He is currently Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal and Policy Officer, where he is responsible for overseeing legal services across the global organization and providing legal counsel to senior management. Under his leadership, the Nasdaq legal and regulatory team was honored as an innovation leader by the Financial Times in December 2015. Knight was awarded a “special mention for outstanding innovation” among North American public company general counsels.
Knight previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from September 1994 to June 1999, where he was the Department's longest-serving General Counsel since the position was created in 1934. Upon his departure, Knight received the Alexander Hamilton Award — the department’s highest honor — from Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. He also received the Honor Award from the Secret Service. Before being named General Counsel, Knight served as Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen.
Prior to his tenure at the Treasury, Knight was a partner with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld in its Washington, D.C., office. A Texas native, Knight received his B.A., with honors, in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He serves as a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. Knight is a member of the District of Columbia, Texas, and Supreme Court Bars. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and its Committee on Corporate Affairs. He also sits on the Leadership Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. Knight served as a member of the Obama Transition Team at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2008 to 2009.