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Hive Blockchain appoints new director

Canada-headquartered crypto-currency firm HIVE Blockchain Technologies has announced the appointment of Dave Perrill to its board of directors. Perrill brings with him expertise in networking, data centre engineering, software, and security and is the founder and CEO of Compute North.

“I am honoured to be joining HIVE’s Board of Directors. I look forward to participating in setting the strategic direction for the next stage of growth for the company,” said Perrill.

Frank Holmes, HIVE’s interim executive chairman, said: “Perrill provides HIVE with significant expertise in helping cryptocurrency miners maximize large-scale data center operations with improved operational efficiency, a vast knowledge of the North American electrical power and cryptocurrency mining environment, as well as IT, information security, and business expertise.”

CreditShop appoints TD Bank and JPMorgan Chase veteran Jim Peterson as CEO

American credit card company CreditShop announced on November 4 that Jim Peterson is to take over as the company’s chief executive officer. Prior to this appointment, he served as head of consumer product at TD Bank.

Peterson said: “I’m excited to join a strong team of executives and industry experts – including innovative technologists and world-class data analysts – to build a sector champion for the middle-market consumer.”

Peterson brings with him a wealth of consumer finance knowledge and domestic as well as international expertise in credit cards and consumer lending having worked in JP Morgan, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble.

The company also announced it had secured $1.3bn in debt financing to support the continued growth of the business, including the expansion in credit card receivables and new card accounts.

Peter Herbert, chairman of CreditShop, said: “We are delighted to appoint a business leader of Jim’s stature to lead CreditShop as we accelerate our growth. Jim’s deep experience leading consumer financial services businesses, expertise as a consumer marketer, and proven track record of success match our ambition to cement our position as a leader in credit cards for the middle-market consumer.”

HSBC appoints new Argentina CEO

On November 1, British multinational investment bank and financial services company HSBC promoted Juan Marotta as its chief executive officer to oversee its business in Argentina. He succeeds former CEO Gabriel Martino.

Marotta had been the head of direct channels in HSBC since 2009 before being promoted to head of distribution. In his new role as CEO, he will be overseeing the development of the firm’s operations in Argentina as well as the distribution of its asset management products to local investors.

Marotta will report to Paulo Maia, the head of HSBC Latin America and will also be responsible for leading the group’s commercial banking business for Latin America, a role he had been handling since 2015.

Marotta joined HSBC Mexico in 2009 as its head of direct channels before his promotion as head of distribution in the country in 2011.

Chainalysis hires chief revenue officer and two new VPs

New York-headquartered blockchain analysis platform Chainalysis has brought on board Jason Bonds as its chief revenue officer. The announcement comes alongside additional appointments of Chris Manouse as vice president of public sector and Debra Brown as vice president of Americas in the firm’s business development team.

Prior to the appointment, Bonds served security firm Ping Identity for 11 years.

Commenting on the appointments, Michael Gronager, CEO and co-founder, Chainalysis said: “Our three new business development executives each bring a wealth of sales and growth strategy experience to Chainalysis, which is critical as we continue to grow across sectors on a global level.”

Earlier this year, Chainalysis raised $36m in a Series B funding round led by Accel along with participation from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial and Benchmark.

Revolut appoints Martin Gilbert as non-executive chairman

British digital bank account provider Revolut has announced the appointment of Martin Gilbert as its non-executive chairman. He will take up office on January 1.

Martin Gilbert commented: “Revolut is a unique proposition in the digital banking world, and I’m pleased to be joining the Board at such an important stage in its development. Nik and the team have made great strides towards building the bank of the future, and I’m proud to add my deep experience of Board governance and corporate growth to the Board as Revolut continues to expand on a global scale.”

Previously, Gilbert was the co-chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, co-founder of Aberdeen Asset Management and chairman of the PRA Practitioner Panel. Prior to a formal announcement of his appointment, Gilbert had been working with CEO Nik Storonsky in an advisory capacity.

Commenting on the new appointment, Nik Storonsky, Founder & CEO, Revolut said: “As we prepare to scale the business globally it’s crucial our senior team has a blend of forward-thinking creativity and experience. Martin is a respected veteran of the financial world, and brings unparalleled experience to Revolut. His knowledge will prove invaluable as we continue our mission to become the world’s first truly global bank.”

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