Bitcoin Mining Company Bitfury Hires Former US Senate Banking Committee Counsel Jonathan Gould As Crypto Legal Counsel

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Jonathan Gould has joined Bitfury as its chief legal officer, the latest government official to join a crypto company.

Prior to joining the OCC, Gould served as chief counsel to the US Senate Banking Committee. He previously served as senior deputy comptroller and chief counsel at the OCC.

The company has hired Giuseppe Giuliani, the former head of institutional services and relationships at Kraken, as its managing director. Giuliani will introduce new products to institutional investors and develop new markets.

The Cronos blockchain has been assigned to Ken Timsit, formerly sales and marketing director for ConsenSys’ global sales and marketing department.

Timsit will enable the blockchain firm to scale its DeFi (decentralized finance) and Web3 businesses by providing access to resources that developers can use to transfer apps and crypto assets instantly to Cosmos.

Badault will lead Ledger’s non-fungible token division and oversee gaming and brand collaborations as its vice president of metaverse and Web3.

Previously, Badault was managing director at Alibaba as well as Google, where he was head of the company’s French operations. Before Google, he led Amazon’s customer and partner acquisition strategy in the UK, Germany, and France.

In a move to fill hundreds of positions across engineering, marketing, HR and customer support, FalconX has hired former Carta chief people officer and Bloomberg head of talent Suzy Walther as its head of people.

Sujay Jaladi, who previously served as chief information security officer at Gusto, Ripple, Harbor, Inc., Earnin, and PayPal subsidiary Xoom, has been named vice president of security for the company, which raised $210 million in August.

FalconX CEO Raghu Yarlagadda said in a statement that institutional adoption of cryptocurrencies continues to cement the idea that the world’s economy will be tokenized in five to seven years.

Nathan Jones has been named senior vice president of worldwide public sales and government affairs at TaxBit, a tax and accounting solution for the tokenized economy. He previously worked at IBM subsidiary Red Hat for 19 years.

Miles Fuller, head of government solutions, and Christi Muoneke, general counsel, also joined the company.

Muoneke worked for Meta, DocuSign, Microsoft, and Avalara for more than 15 years before joining TaxBit. Fuller previously held a senior legal role with the IRS.

Charlie Hu, former head of Polygon China, has joined Syscoin, a decentralized, open-source project created in 2014 by the founders of Blockchain Foundry.

While at Polygon, he focused on Asian business development. In his new role, he will help the company expand into untapped markets. 

Raymond Walintukan has been named vice president of mining operations at Marathon Digital. He previously worked at Apifiny subsidiary Hash Hive, as well as Bitmain North America, where he served as head of operations.

The hire comes as Marathon targets a figure of 23.3 exahashes per second (EH/s) by early next year, up from 3.6 exahashes per second (EH/s) at the start of February.

Payments giant PayPal established a crypto advisory council consisting of experts in cryptography, distributed technology, regulation, economics, and capital markets.

The council includes Peter Briger, Jr., co-CEO of Fortress Investment Group; Chris Brummer, a Georgetown University law professor and faculty director of the Institute of International Economic Law; Dr. Shafi Goldwasser, director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley; Timothy Massad, an ​​adjunct law professor at Georgetown University and research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School; Dr. Neha Narula, director of MIT Digital Currency Initiative; and Antoinette Schoar, a finance professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Former Domino’s Pizza President Kory Spiroff joined the advisory board of FriesDao.

Spiroff is tasked with bridging real-world operations and blockchain-based governance. FriesDAO plans to take over existing fast food franchises and build on-chain membership around them.

The largest issuer of cryptocurrency ETPs, 21Shares, has hired three senior sales professionals to boost US growth. Metaplex Studios is a US organization that is developing the NFT protocol Metaplex.

Kayle Watson has been hired as US head of sales; Aram Babikian has been hired to lead US West Coast and Latin American business development; and Ches Snider has been hired as US head of research sales.

With decades of traditional finance experience at firms including BlackRock, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, and Guggenheim Securities, the executives are highly qualified.

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