He may have had more pressing reasons for being in Atlanta, but NYSE EuronextCEO Duncan Niederauer said he wouldn’t have missed a financial literacy summit where he was asked to speak Thursday.  

After nearly two years of negotiations, the iconic New York Stock Exchange was officially acquired by Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc. in an $11 billion deal that closed Wednesday. 

“Even if the deal closed today instead of yesterday, I was going to be here,” Mr. Niederauer said at the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit,  which was hosted Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center

Mr. Niederauer sits on the nonprofit’s board of directors, but just as important in committing was his personal relationship with John Hope Bryant, the organization’s founder and CEO. 

Income inequality is a problem, but it’s also a symptom of a greater disparity: the gap in educational opportunities, Mr. Niederauer noted in his remarks. 

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