Forge Bolsters Roster with Strategic Hires to Deliver Greater Value to Private Company Partners, Institutional Investors

Forge Global Holdings, Inc. (“Forge”) (NYSE: FRGE), a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants, today announces the addition of two industry veterans to its team: Eric Thomassian, Head of Private Company Relations, and Jay Hinton, Head of Product.

“Forge has made significant progress this year in upleveling our talent through strategic hiring,” said Kelly Rodriques, CEO of Forge. “With the addition of Eric and Jay, Forge is expanding on our commitment to delivering more value for our private company partners, helping them meet critical business needs, and accelerating the solutions we bring to market to unlock access and transparency for institutional investors, private companies and all market participants.”

Eric Thomassian, Head of Private Company Relations

Eric Thomassian, formerly the Global Head of Private Markets at EquityZen, is spearheading private company relationships at Forge. Eric is leading the education, development and implementation of liquidity solutions for Forge’s private company clients, ensuring connectivity across Forge’s business lines. Previously, Eric spent a decade with Goldman Sachs & Co., in roles spanning the investment management and securities divisions and has over fifteen years of experience in capital markets bringing a wealth of expertise to Forge and its private company partners. Building on his track record of successful go-to-market strategies, bespoke issuer discussions and strong network relationships, Eric will drive increased value and innovation across Forge’s platform. In addition to his role at Forge, Eric serves as an Advisor to Beliade, an early-stage consumer venture fund.

Jay Hinton, Head of Product

Jay Hinton, a product management executive with nearly two decades of experience in the fintech, institutional asset and wealth management sectors, is serving as Head of Product, with goals of accelerating Forge’s product development across the business. In his previous position as Head of Product at 55IP, a fintech company under JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Hinton successfully grew the product team supporting a tax-smart investor strategy engine with over $18 billion of assets on platform. Prior to JPM, Jay was a trader, a founder and a product leader across order management, execution management, high frequency trading, algorithmic trading, automated trading solution, TCA equities, futures, options and FX spaces. With a track record of building and managing high-performing teams, Jay is known for delivering innovative and user-focused solutions in regulatory environments, balancing customer needs with organizational goals.

About Forge

Forge is a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants. Forge Securities is a registered broker-dealer and a Member of FINRA that operates an alternative trading system.

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