A woman will lead the New York Stock Exchange for the first time in its 226-year history

Michael Nagle/Getty ImagesNEW YORK – MARCH 17: Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 17, 2008 in New York City. Stocks have been volatile on Wall Street following news of JP Morgan Chase acquisition of Bear, Stearns & Co, for $US2 a share, with help of $US30 billion in financing of Bear, Stearns assets from the U.S. Federal Reserve. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
  • The NYSE has named Stacey Cunningham as the successor of president Tom Farley, a spokeswoman told Business Insider.
  • Farley is leaving the exchange to lead a venture backed by Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange has named a new president to lead the iconic Wall Street institution, the company announced Monday.

Stacey Cunningham, the chief operating officer of the NYSE, is set to become the president of the exchange venue, which is owned by Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange. She will be the exchange’s first female president since its founding over 200 years ago.

On Friday, Cunningham will replace Tom Farley, who has served as the president of NYSE since 2014. Farley was the second-youngest person to head the exchange. John Tuttle, the head of listings at NYSE, is replacing Cunningham as COO, according to a spokeswoman.

Farley is joining a firm backed by Third Point, the hedge fund founded by Daniel Loeb, according to The Wall Street Journal, which earlier reported the executive shakeup.

“As our COO, Stacey Cunningham successfully managed our equities, equities derivatives and ETF businesses, distinguishing herself as a customer-focused leader who is respected across our industry,” Jeff Sprecher, chief executive of Intercontinental Exchange, said in a statement.

Rivals from Cboe Global Markets and Nasdaq congratulated Cunningham after the news broke.

“Stacey is a fierce competitor, an absolute professional and a profoundly well-qualified executive,” said Chris Concannon, president of Cboe Global Markets.”I am delighted for her as she steps into this role.”

Here’s Nelson Griggs, the president of the Nasdaq Stock Market, in a tweet:

Cunningham has been with NYSE since 2012. She joined the exchange from cross-town rival Nasdaq.

Notably, Nasdaq named Adena Friedman as its chief executive officer in 2017. That made her the first female to lead a global exchange.

As noted by the Wall Street Journal, the appointment of Cunningham follows the rise of the #MeToo movement on Wall Street and the announcement that the “Fearless Girl” statue, a symbol of feminism, will be relocated in front of the exchange.

This post has been updated to include remarks from Cboe Global Markets and Nasdaq.

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