Bitstamp crypto exchange hires former Barclays exec as new COO

Bitstamp crypto exchange hires former Barclays exec as new COO

U.K.-based crypto exchange Bitstamp has hired a former director of financial services company Barclays’ payments team as its chief operating officer.

In an announcement today, Bistamp said it would be appointing Sameer Dubey to the executive position as part of its effort to scale across the firm’s businesses. Dubey worked as the director of the head of payments for Barclays corporate and was a member of the team behind the bank’s blockchain and distributed ledger council. He was also the head of operations for U.K. neobank N26 until recently.

The crypto exchange said the addition of Dubey would bring “global leadership in fintech and traditional banking” to the firm. The former Barclays exec will reportedly be replacing outgoing COO Vasja Zupan, who went on to join the United Arab Emirates-based Matrix Exchange as president.

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“I think that in a few years, we won’t really be talking about a cryptocurrency industry anymore,” said Dubey. “It will be another part of finance and innovative

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