ConsenSys expands by hiring IBM/Oracle Executives

Ethereum development startup ConsenSys has just announced the hiring of some new hard-hitters. Based out of New York, the startup has managed to snag several IBM employees and the former CEO of South Africa’s central securities depository. Monica Singer, the former CEO of Strate, is set to serve as its “blockchain ambassador” focusing on financial markets. In a conversation with CoinDesk, she states, “Ethereum is much more than just a system for tracking currency, which could make it the killer application of the original disruptor itself – Bitcoin.” John Wolpert, who spent over four years as Director of Global Products at IBM is also included in the group of new promising hires. He was among a handful of leaders that created IBM’s blockchain business unit. There were eighteen other employees hired today, in addition to the ones previously addressed. The growing startup also highlighted in the same press release the new role for their employee Kavita Gupta. Last month, CoinDesk reported she will be leading the ConsenSys $50 million venture that aims at investing in Ethereum-focused startups. The ConsenSys team has added two additional IBM employees. Johnny Howle, has experience in Product, UX, UI and Visual design and is the product designer for UPort, an Ethereum-based identity system. Maggie Love, has experience in strategy, product development, design thinking and consulting. She will serve as director of strategic initiatives and business development.    The new list of new hires ranges from various companies that have targeted blockchain within the recent months, including the Chamber of Digital Commerce trade group, database giant Oracle and the professional services firms Deloitte and EY. They have also been expanding their Australian team, recently adding four experienced developers. Featured Image: twitter

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