Swisscom Blockchain AG Onboards New Chief Executive Officer

Blockchain-focused company Swisscom Blockchain AG has onboarded Ethereum (ETH) engineer Lukas Hohl as its new chief executive officer, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported on April 15. Hohl, who previously served at various IT and finance companies, including Blockchain’s parent company Swisscom, business consulting firm BearingPoint, consultancy group Sofgen, and management consulting company Synpulse, will now lead the firm’s blockchain strategy and facilitate the further development of the company. Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, chief digital officer at Swisscom, commented on Hohl’s appointment, saying that “in the past, Lukas Hohl has built and managed companies,…

Former Paypal, Google Engineering Exec Joins Bakkt as Chief Product Officer

A former engineering executive at PayPal and Google will join the team behind the institutional digital asset platform Bakkt, the firm’s CEO Kelly Loeffler announced in a blog post on Medium on April 11. With over 25 years of experience in digital payments, engineering, strategy and operations, Mike Blandina has joined Bakkt as its chief product officer (CPO). As the new CPO of Bakkt, Blandina will lead the firm’s efforts to converge a trusted ecosystem for digital assets with payments use cases in order to help Bakkt bring real applications…

ICO announces winner of Data Protection Officer of the Year awarded for Excellence in Data Protection

Recognising the increasingly vital role played by professionals working in the sector, the second ICO Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection was presented to Mikko Niva, Group Policy Officer at Vodafone Group Services Ltd based in London. Chosen by an independent panel, Mr Niva has been recognised for delivering a pioneering global privacy compliance programme for Vodafone across 21 different countries, and for being a constant advocate for information and privacy rights. Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham and Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, presented the award…

Former council officer fined for emailing CVs of rival job applicants to his partner

A former senior local government officer has been prosecuted for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner. Kevin Bunsell was employed by Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council in Warwickshire as its Head of Building Control and had been trained in data protection law. In July 2017, his partner applied for an administrative job at the council and Bunsell was not involved in the selection process because of his personal relationship. However, he accessed the authority’s recruitment system and emailed the personal information of the nine rival…

QuadrigaCX Director Asks Court to Appoint Restructuring Officer

Jennifer Robertson — the current director and widow of the founder of now-shuttered Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX — has asked a Canadian court to appoint a chief restructuring officer (CRO) to handle proceedings in the aftermath of the exchange’s controversial closure. In an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Feb. 25, Robertson further requested that the court grant a stay of proceedings extension of the current period of creditor protection. As previously reported, Robertson’s spouse, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten, died in December 2018. At that time, the…

Coinbase Chief Policy Officer Calls It Quits, Is Crypto at Risk of Losing Talents?

The chief policy officer at leading crypto brokerage and exchange platform Coinbase has left his position for one at U.S. venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Is Michael Lempres’s move indicative of a wider pilgrimage of talent from the digital asset industry in the wake of the 2018 bear market? Will More Crypto Talent Follow Lempres’s Lead? According to an article in Bloomberg, Lempres, has decided to leave the position he started in September of this year. He will instead take up a role with one of Coinbase’s earliest investors, Andreessen…

Ex-Fidelity Exec Joins Blockchain Company Bloq as Chief Operating Officer

A former executive at financial services giant Fidelity Investments has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) at blockchain infrastructure firm Bloq, according to a press release Oct. 23. Bloq’s new COO, Hadley Stern, spent seventeen years at Fidelity, which administers over $7.2 trillion in client assets. His most recent role was at the helm of the crypto and blockchain incubator within the company’s innovation lab, Fidelity Labs – overseeing the launch last week of its new crypto-business, Fidelity Digital Assets. Bloq’s co-founder and chairman Matthew Roszak characterized the new appointment…

Coinbase Hires Former Fannie Mae Exec as New Chief Legal Officer

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has hired on former Fannie Mae General Counsel Brian Brooks as their new Chief Legal Officer, according to an announcement published September 19. At Coinbase, Brooks will be responsible for legal, compliance, and government affairs. Prior to Coinbase, Brooks served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the U.S. Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae. The association purchases qualifying mortgages from lenders, which it then bundles in bonds and sells to investors. In 2017, Fannie Mae reportedly provided $570 billion…

Former Pershing Exec Jeff Horowitz Joins Coinbase as Chief Compliance Officer

Major U.S. cryptocurrency wallet and exchange Coinbase announced in a July 31 blog post that ex-Pershing exec Jeff Horowitz will join the company as its Chief Compliance Officer. Horowitz previously worked as the managing director and global head of compliance at Pershing LLC — a BNY Mellon Company — as well as leading a variety of compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) programs at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers, and serving as a banking regulator with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). According to Coinbase COO and President Asiff Hirji,…

Tether Appoints BMO Anti-Money Laundering Manager as Chief Compliance Officer

Cryptocurrency startup Tether Limited has appointed a former AML Quality Control Manager at the Bank of Montreal (BMO) to lead the company’s regulatory compliance efforts, according to an announcement published July 12. The company behind cryptocurrency Tether (USDT) has hired Leonardo Real as Chief Compliance Officer. Real was previously responsible for establishing practices, policies, and procedures in accordance with regulatory requirements to improve the quality of Canadian BMO’s anti-money laundering (AML) investigations. Additionally, Real has experience dealing in stocks and futures trading. Real commented on the new appointment: “I look…