Forge To Accelerate Product Vision and Commercial Strategy with Executive Appointment of James Brooks

Brooks brings deep innovative commercial, product and operations experience from executive roles at ICE, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ OMX Group

Forge Global Holdings, Inc. (“Forge”) (NYSE: FRGE), a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants, today announced that James Brooks has joined Forge as Chief Product Officer and Commercial Officer. In this dual role, Brooks will be responsible for product vision and commercial strategy, overseeing the product, design and data organizations, and driving the acceleration and advancement of Forge’s business. Brooks will be based in Forge’s New York office.

Brooks is an accomplished leader with a wealth of experience leading innovative commercial and product strategy for global financial exchange organizations. He served as Chief Operating Officer at ICE Data Services, where he focused on growing long-term recurring revenue by providing solutions to investors and their intermediaries. Prior to that, he held executive roles at The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) including Vice President of NYSE Business/Product Development and Head of NYSE Market Data. Brooks also served as Vice President, Head of Equities for NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. At both exchange groups, he played a pivotal role in creating and enhancing products and steering product development and vision to bolster revenue growth.

“James brings a proven track record of driving innovation and growth for global financial exchanges,” said Kelly Rodriques, CEO of Forge. “His experience commercializing and creating products that transform markets makes him an invaluable addition to our team. We are excited to have him aboard and look forward to leveraging his expertise to propel Forge’s vision to new heights.”

About Forge

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

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