Tuesday 2 August 2016 2:47 pm

This blockchain startup just hired a top chief from RBS’s investment bank


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I'm City A.M.'s award-winning technology editor, covering everything from happenings at Apple and Google to the latest London startup. In particular fintech, blockchain, artifical intelligence, driverless cars, virtual reality and the sharing economy get me out of bed in the morning. I'm always trying to illustrate stories with pictures of dogs. Sometimes with some success. I was named technology journalist of the year at the UK Tech Awards.

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The blockchain startup founded by a well known former JP Morgan executive has hired another top financier, the latest in a string of hires as the company expands.

Carol Mathis, the chief operating officer of Royal Bank of Scotland's investment banking arm has joined Blythe Masters' Digital Asset Holdings, the fintech firm backed by Santander, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs among others.

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Mathis will join the company as finance chief, following several new hires in recent month, including two senior executives based in London.

Gavin Wells, a former Citigroup managing director and most recently head of forex clearing at clearing house LCH.Clearnet will lead the business in Europe.

Also based in the capital is head of delivery Gordon Weir, formerly top tech boss at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS.

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“I am delighted to welcome such talented and experienced individuals to our team," said Masters, who was recently named Santander's blockchain adviser.

"We are privileged to tap into the expertise of these world-class leaders with deep expertise and proven track records in the specific areas that will be critical to accelerating our efforts to the benefit of our customers."

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