“Our management team comes with years of in-depth banking, finance, and e-commerce experience critical to managing financial market cycles. Hence, we are well-prepared to focus on fundamentals amidst the volatility of the crypto industry,"said Liquid CEO Mike Kayamori.
"Our customers are at the core of everything we do at Liquid, from deepening crypto market liquidity and providing best-in-class customer experience, to strengthening industry partnerships. We are pleased to welcome our new hires, who will join us in building a solid foundation for our platform’s next phase of growth.”
Chief Marketing OfficerJeffrey Popejoins with 15 years' experience managing global projects in marketing and process improvements. Pope was most recently the Head Of Online Marketing for Amazon Devices inJapan.
Chief Auditor Graeme Docherty joins Liquid from Internal Audit for Private Banking Technology at Credit Suisse. Prior to this he was the Head of Audit for Group Functions Technology & Data at Standard Chartered Bank, and was Vice President in Internal Audit and Technology at Barclays and Goldman Sachs.
Katsuhiro Otake recently joined Liquid as Group Financial Controller. Otake most recently served as Financial Controller at ANZ bank. He has also led finance/operation teams at Royal Bank of Scotland, Aozora Bank, Commerzbank AG, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.
Head of Flow Products and API Mark Hammond joins from his role as Head of Technology at HealthEngine, a medtech startup. His previous director roles include heading Citi's e-commerce product group, and FX trading systems in Standard Chartered and Merrill Lynch.
Head of Trading Laurent Serena is an experienced equity derivatives trader with a demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry, at BNP Paribas, Merrill Lynch and Iced River Capital Limited.
These hires come at a time when Liquid is preparing a number of product releases for cryptocurrency traders, including credit card deposits, a Quick Buy feature, a new mobile app and a suite of in-platform social tools.