Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp announced the appointment of Gemini executive Julian Sawyer as its new chief executive officer. Sawyer is succeeding co-founder Nejc Kodric, who is transitioning into a new non-executive role as a member of the Bitstamp board.
Sawyer brings more than 20 years of banking and fintech experience to Bitstamp. Most recently, Sawyer served as US-based cryptocurrency exchange Gemini’s managing director of the United Kingdom and Europe.
In May 2015, Sawyer co-founded Starling Bank where he served as Chief Operating Officer until 2019, overseeing the expansion of business services and growing Starling into one of the largest mobile banks in the U.K.
Prior to this, he served as a consultant and advisor to other challenger banks and founded financial management consulting firm Bluerock Consulting, which he successfully sold.
In his role on Bitstamp’s Board of Directors, Kodric will continue to provide direction and play an important role in the future of the company. He was an active part of the search committee to find his replacement to ensure the future success of Bitstamp.
Kodric co-founded Bitstamp In 2011 in a garage with 1,000 euros, two laptops and a server. Kodric started Bitstamp based on a vision that Bitcoin would become a key part of the global financial system – at a time when Bitcoin was trading for a few cents.
Since then, Bitstamp has grown into the longest-running cryptocurrency exchange in the world, and one of the largest by volume. Sawyer has now taken over as only the second CEO in Bitstamp’s history.
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