Fintech Focus — December 2021
A curated selection of hires and promotions from across fintech and crypto. If you would like to sign up to receive this newsletter, please visit our website.
What We’re Following
It’s that time of year again. Let’s take a moment to step away from the annual DMV registration☠️, the intention-setting rituals and the annoyingly-overcrowded gyms💪🏾 to recap a few of our favorite headlines from 2021:
ICYMI, crypto is officially mainstream. In October, the SEC allowed the first-ever U.S. BTC ETF to grace the ticker tape of the New York Stock Exchange. Crypto companies are raking in the VC dollars like there’s no tomorrow☄️. Bitcoin even made an appearance on Jeopardy earlier this year. Crypto has ditched its obscure and somewhat shady past🕵🏽♂️ in favor of celebrity endorsements, stadium sponsorships and international monetary status. If those aren’t enough reasons to get invested, allow DJ Khaled to give you *another one.*
As we at Intersection know all too well, the pandemic may be lingering, but employees are not🏃🏽. We’ve witnessed a “Great Resignation” this year, due in large part to the introspection and remote working that Covid has spurred. More people are incorporating “working vacations” into their annual travel and are leaning into the idea that work and life don’t always have to be so separate⚖️. From Bernie memes to the ConstitutionDAO to “the CDC says,” we’ve found ways to remain more connected than ever before despite not being physically together.
Speaking of connections, we’d like to introduce you to a new one. For those of you who pay attention to our sign off each month, you may have noticed a trend — we’re growing! Intersection has doubled in size this year and is excited to announce yet another member of the crew👨👩👦👦 . Welcome aboard, Kali Koehler!
🍾 Cheers & Happy New Year,
Blake, Catherine, Elizabeth, Ethan, Hugh, Kali, Kelsey & Scott
Who We’re Following
Binance.US: Norman Reed joined as General Counsel. Norman was previously the GC and CCO at Onsa. Link Sidney Majalya joined as Chief Risk Officer. Sidney was previously a VP of Legal, Chief Compliance Officer and Group Counsel of Global Government Affairs at Intel. Link
Circle: Ajit Deshpande joined as VP of Demand Generation. Ajit was previously the VP of Demand Generation at Marqeta. We’re grateful for the continued partnership of Jeremy Allaire and Elisabeth Carpenter on this assignment.
Feedzai: Elliott Limb joined as Chief Revenue Officer. Elliott was previously the Chief Customer Officer at Mambu. Patricia Marques Ferreira joined as General Counsel. Patricia was previously the Assistant GC at OutSystems. Pedro Barata was promoted to Chief Product Officer. Pedro was previously an SVP of Product. Finally, Christian Smith joined as a Board Member. Christian is the Chief Revenue Officer at Splunk. Link
Greenlight: Brian Dong joined as Chief Financial Officer. Brian was previously a Managing Director and Head of Blockchain and Crypto in the Investment Banking Division, Technology Group at Goldman Sachs. Sameera Rao joined as Chief Technology Officer. Sameera was previously the VP and Head of Technology, PayPal Invest at PayPal. Finally, Will Yu joined as Chief Operating Officer. Will was previously the CFO, Head of Finance and Operations at Cadre. Link
Nav: Nicholas Guerrieri joined as Vice President of Marketing. Nicholas was previously an Executive Director and Head of Web Execution, Performance Marketing at JPMorgan Chase. George Kurtyka joined as Vice President of New Product Strategy. George was previously the VP of Product at ZenBusiness. Finally, Joe Martin joined as Vice President of Engineering. Joe was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Aura. Link
Intersection Growth Partners is a retained executive search and investment firm that builds the leadership teams transforming financial services. Our clients include challenger fintechs, global financial institutions and leading investors in the space 🚀.