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OMX creates single technology business unit

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said Thursday that it will combine two parts of its business into one unified technology unit and appointed a leader of the new organization.

The company, which operates the Nasdaq stock market, will combine its technology and corporate solutions businesses. It said the move will increase the company's focus on technology and improve its ability to grow its technology services sold to customers.

The new business unit will be led by Anna Ewing, executive vice president of global technology solutions for the company.

The company also said Thursday that it has appointed Bradley Peterson global chief information officer. Peterson, who worked most recently as chief information officer for Charles Schwab, will take the new role on Feb. 6. He will report to Ewing.

Nasdaq OMX President and CEO Bob Greifeld said that the moves, along with its plans to buy the corporate-services division of Thomson Reuters Corp., will help the company's technology services hit an "unprecedented scale."

The company, based in New York, owns and operates 24 markets. Its shares increased 22 cents to close the day at $27.07 and were unchanged in after-hours trading.