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Board & Management

Good governance is the bedrock of capital markets and as a publicly-traded company and the owner of the New York Stock Exchange we recognize its importance and consider ourselves stewards in promoting it. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the company's business.
  • Director skill sets cover a well-rounded range of topics
  • Board disclosures include committee composition, charters, bylaws and bios, among other materials
  • All directors are elected annually by a majority vote standard
  • Six out of 10 directors are women and three out of 10 are persons of color
  • Five out of 10 directors have a tenure of five years or less
  • All directors are reviewed annually via performance evaluations that include confidential oral assessments
  • Director compensation is disclosed in the Proxy Statement
  • The Board has oversight of ESG matters led by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Directors participate in continuing education sessions at least annually
  • Formal limits on number of outside public company boards
  • No poison pill

Women in the Board Room
Two of ICE’s female directors discuss why having women on the Board makes a difference


Executive compensation is discussed extensively in our Proxy Statement and is weighted toward performance based factors that are aligned with our company goals.

  • Compensation is fully disclosed for Named Executive Officers
  • Executives have mandatory stock ownership requirements
  • Compensation clawback policy in place
  • Our Compensation Committee is fully independent
  • Anti-hedging and anti-pledging policies
  • Compensation Committee assisted by an independent compensation consultant


We have a robust shareholder engagement program, which includes ESG-focused engagement with our shareholders. In our shareholder conversations, we receive input on a range of topics, including executive compensation programs, board refreshment and evaluation, board diversity, cybersecurity and risk management, human capital management and sustainability.

  • One-tier stock - one share, one vote
  • Fully independent Audit Committee
  • Audit fees disclosed annually

Well rounded skill sets

We believe that each of our current Board members has unique experiences and skill sets that give ICE stockholders a well-rounded leadership team. Taken together, the backgrounds and skill sets of our Board positions them for effective oversight and strategic counsel to management.

Board member backgrounds cross a wide range of perspectives

  • Strategic planning
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • International markets
  • Corporate governance
  • Finance and accounting
  • Financial market regulation
  • Mortgage
  • Public policy
  • Risk management
  • Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Business operations
  • Organizational and human capital management