ICE names former NH Sen. Judd Gregg to its board

Former U.S. Sen. Judd A. Gregg will join the board at IntercontinentalExchange, the futures exchange announced Monday.

Gregg, 64, a Republican, left office in January after representing New Hampshire for three terms. Prior to that, he served as governor of New Hampshire, from 1989 to 1992 and in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1989.

While a senator he chaired the budget committee from 2005 to 2007 and the health, education and labor committee from 2003 to 2007. In 2009 President Obama nominated Gregg to serve as commerce secretary, but he withdrew his name a few days later, citing differences regarding the economic stimulus and other issues.

ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher cited Gregg’s “deep understanding of financial markets, as well as his extensive public policy and business experience” as valuable as the company expands globally.

In 2009, ICE directors received an annual retainer of $45,000, with members of certain committees receiving an additional $10,000, along with a grant of $175,000 in restricted stock units, according to a regulatory filing. The company has not yet filed materials describing 2010 compensation for board members with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company, based in Atlanta, operates global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter markets.

In afternoon trading, ICE shares jumped $4.57, or 3.5 percent, to $134.82. The stock has changed hands between $92.18 and $135 in the past 52 weeks.

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