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The former architect of China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative has left the position to head the country’s central securities clearing house. Yao Qian, who founded the Digital Currency Research Lab at the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) last year, has now taken up the role of general manager at the China Securities Depository …

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Gary Cohn, a former chief economic advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, has just joined a blockchain startup. Spring Labs, a firm developing a blockchain network for sharing financial data, said in a press release Friday that Cohn, who was also previously president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, is joining its board of advisers. …

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Crypto wallet provider Blockchain has hired a former bank executive to augment its legal team. Ben Melnicki, formerly Noble Bank’s chief compliance officer, has taken on the position of global regulatory counsel at the Luxembourg-based firm, Blockchain announced Thursday. In his new role, Melnicki will join Blockchain president and chief legal officer Marco Santori in …

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Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has hired another Wall street executive as part of its bid to attract more institutional clients. Announced in a press release, the New York-licensed exchange said that Jeanine Hightower-Sellitto – previously chief operating officer at the Nasdaq-owned International Securities Exchange (ISE) – is joining the firm as managing director of operations on …

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Circle Internet Financial has announced the hiring of a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official as its chief legal officer. As reported on the company’s blog, the cryptocurrency startup has welcomed former DHS acting general counsel Gus Coldebella to its legal and senior leadership team. Going forward, Coldebella will oversee all of the …

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A former Estonian prime minister has signed on as an advisor to a blockchain startup that wants to encourage people to exercise more. Taavi Rõivas, who ran the Estonian government as prime minister from 2014 to 2016 and currently serves as a member of the country’s parliament, has joined cryptocurrency startup Lympo as chairman of …

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced the appointment of its first-ever chief compliance officer as it moves to become a licensed broker-dealer in the U.S. According to a blog post published on Tuesday, the company is tapping the experience of Jeff Horowitz, who joins the firm following decades working for both banks and regulatory bodies. Horowitz …

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A senior executive from the provider of China’s top photo-retouching app, Meitu, will now lead HBUS – the new U.S. arm of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi. According to an announcement on Monday, Frank Fu, former managing director of Meitu’s global business, will join the fledgling U.S. exchange as CEO, and will manage its operations and oversee the …

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Thomson Reuters’ former head of World-Check is moving to a blockchain startup focused on regulatory compliance. Greg Pinn, who ran Thomson Reuters’ risk intelligence and financial crime screening platform, will now be in charge of product strategy at iComply, which focuses on using blockchain and artificial intelligence to maintain immutable records. So far the startup …

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Blockchain, a cryptocurrency wallet and data provider based in San Francisco, has hired a former Goldman Sachs executive as head of institutional sales and strategy. Signaling that the firm is ramping up its business with hedge funds and other large investors, the new hire, Breanne Madigan, previously served as head of institutional wealth services at …

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“Big 4” consulting firm Deloitte has a new blockchain lead. Following the departure of Eric Piscini from the role, Linda Pawczuk, who formerly ran the company’s insurance sector blockchain projects, will be stepping in as the new head of the Deloitte U.S. Financial Services Industry Blockchain group, the company announced Tuesday. Pawczuk will work on …

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Decentralized data storage startup Storj is hoping to boost its growth with the hire of a new executive chairman and interim chief executive. The new appointment, Ben Golub, formerly CEO at open-source software firm Docker, will oversee Storj as it continues to scale up its services, said founder Shawn Wilkinson. Speaking to CoinDesk, Wilkinson described …

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Two board members of the Switzerland-based Tezos Foundation, including its president Johann Gevers, have stepped down from their positions. The pair will be replaced by Tezos community member Ryan Jesperson – who will take over Gevers’ role as president of the board – and researcher Michel Mauny. The new members will join the recently-appointed Lars Haussmann …

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The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has just appointed its first executive director. The open-source blockchain consortium today announced that Ron Resnick, previously president and chairman of the AirFuel Alliance, will now head the organization. According to a press release, Julio Faura, chairman of the board at EEA, said: “Ron’s task as our first Executive Director is to …

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The founding director of the Delaware Blockchain Initiative has left the project. Andrea Tinianow announced the move in a Jan. 2 post on LinkedIn, and confirmed to CoinDesk that she had left the government-backed initiative on Dec. 31. Tinianow added that she has already started in her new role as the chief innovation officer for Global Kompass, a …

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Digital currency exchange startup Coinbase has announced the appointment of a Facebook executive to its board of directors. In joining the board, David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook, will bring years of experience in building large-scale mobile products, according to a Coinbase statement posted yesterday. Previously president of online payment giant PayPal, Marcus …

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CULedger, a consortium of credit unions developing distributed ledger technology (DLT) systems, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer. The new hire, John Ainsworth, who was previously Mastercard’s executive vice president of North America markets, will be joining the company as president and CEO effective Dec. 18, a company announcement states. Ainsworth said …

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Blockchain startup Auditchain has added the co-founder of a widely used business reporting standard to its leadership team. The new hire, Eric Cohen, will serve as head of XBRL architecture for the New York-based firm, as announced today at CoinDesk’s Consensus: Invest event. Auditchain is developing an accounting ecosystem centered around blockchain-based tokens, and utilizing …

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