The former director of crypto products provider 21Shares, Laurent Kssis, has been appointed the new managing director and head of Europe at Hashdex, a Brazil-based crypto asset manager.
- Kssis will spearhead Hashdex’s European expansion, the firm said in a statement on Tuesday.
- "His background in crypto exchange-traded products [ETP], particularly in Switzerland – which has become the leading venue for listing crypto ETPs – will be invaluable in supporting Hashdex as we accelerate our international reach, expand our global footprint with innovative institutional-grade products, services, and build pathways to connect Swiss and European investors to the crypto economy,” said Marcelo Sampaio, co-founder and CEO of Hashdex.
- Kssis left Switzerland-based 21Shares in September after two years of being its managing director. He helped launch multiple crypto ETPs across European stock exchanges while at 21Shares.
- Before 21Shares, Kssis worked at several big-name firms, which includes Standard & Poor, State Street and XBT Provider, a CoinShares subsidiary. According to his LinkedIn profile, Kssis started his new job in January.
- Hashdex said it is also set to hire new members across London, Zurich, Paris and Lisbon.
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