According to the post, Marina Khaustova, a former chief marketing officer and co-founder of Element Capital Group, has joined the company as the CEO of Crystal Blockchain, and Chris Dickson, previously at software vendor Panaya, has joined Bitfury as head of software sales. Both positions were newly created.
Crystal Blockchain, which was developed by Bitfury, offers investigative analytic services for entities investigating blockchains and cryptocurrencies for suspicious transactions and activities. Crystal Blockchain was launched last year.
Bitfury started in 2012 as a bitcoin mining operation. It wasn’t until 2017 that it became a blockchain software business, when it launched Exonum, an open-source blockchain infrastructure. That same year Bitfury also launched an app for making payment on bitcoin’s lightning network.
Marina Khaustova Is The New CEO Of Crystal Blockchain
The new Crystal Blockchain CEO represents a milestone for Bitfury. According to Bitfury’s chief communications officer, John Mercurio, “After a year of growing interest in the product, we are bringing Marina on board to help take it to the next level.”
While working at Element, Khaustova developed the marketing strategy for US blockchain companies and advised token sales. Element is an investment back that specializes in tokenization and cryptocurrency capital markets
Earlier in her career, Khaustova founded multiple digital advertising startups in Russia and the US. According to her LinkedIn profile, the most recent one was Los Angeles-based AdtoApp.
According to Khaustova, she will use her new role to “build a compliant bridge between digital assets and the traditional financial system.”
Chris Dickson Is The New Head Of BitFury Software Sales
Prior to joining Bitfury, Dickson was executive vice president of Americas at Panaya. He also previously led Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ expansion in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to his LinkedIn profile
Bitfury has recently attracted some prominent financial people to its team. This past November, Antoine Dresch, co-founder Korelya Capital, joined the Bitfury’s board of directors, and Annette Nazareth, a former member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), joined its advisory board.
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