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January 29, 2021

Forge Appoints Head of Data to Expand Accuracy and Transparency for Private Market Companies and Investors

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Forge Global, Inc. (“Forge”), the leading global private securities marketplace, announced that Vidya Eashwer, former Head of Technology, Edge Systems, at Intercontinental Exchange, has been appointed as the company’s first Head of Data.

“We’re extremely excited to have Vidya on board to lead a critical part of our business. In the private markets, data will determine who wins, and how the industry evolves to best serve companies and investors,” said Forge CEO Kelly Rodriques. “As Forge continues to revolutionize the private markets, Eashwer’s deep knowledge of the space will be essential in ensuring that we are empowering investors and fast-growing companies to make the most informed decisions.”

Eashwer brings extensive expertise in data, technology and finance, having previously held leadership roles at Intercontinental Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. In these positions, Eashwer was responsible for managing international teams, developing strategic solutions and data analysis, and leading global initiatives to meet and exceed critical business goals.

“Forge has an unprecedented depth of private market data and has become a critical resource for the growing number of companies staying private longer and the investors interested in them,” said Vidya Eashwer. “I look forward to joining the team and continuing to innovate our offerings, bringing to market solutions that will benefit all parties involved in the private market economy.”

The addition of this role to the leadership team comes off the back of a momentous year, in which Forge completed a merger with SharesPost and announced it completed more than 3,394 transactions in 2020, reached over $9 billion in transaction volume since inception, and currently has over 370 total issuers across both platforms.

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