Three Execs Leave JPMorgan This Week to Join Crypto Firms

The latest exits are former managing director Eric Wragge and digital innovation lead Puja Samuel.

AccessTimeIconJul 6, 2022 at 7:33 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:52 p.m. UTC
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It’s been something of a banner week for people departing mega-bank JPMorgan to join the cryptocurrency industry, with three executives taking the plunge, despite a looming crypto winter.

The latest leavers include Eric Wragge, a former managing director at JPMorgan with 21 years’ tenure at the bank. He joined the Algorand blockchain project as head of business development and capital markets.

Also announcing a new job this week in crypto, Puja Samuel, formerly a head of ideation and digitization at JPMorgan based in New York City, joins Digital Currency Group (CoinDesk’s parent company) as head of corporate development.

Already this week, CoinDesk reported that former JPMorgan banker Samir Shah had left the bank to become chief operating officer at cryptocurrency-focused investment firm Pantera Capital.

Wragge’s arrival at Algorand was welcomed with a blog post, stating that he will report to Algorand Foundation CEO Staci Warden, and will lead initiatives in both traditional capital markets as well as decentralized finance (DeFi). Wragge will also chair the foundation’s investment committee.

“Coming from a leading global investment bank, I understand the uncompromising performance requirements for a layer 1 blockchain to compete against and improve upon many aspects of traditional finance,” Wragge said in the post.

Commenting on her new role at DCG, Samuel said: “I am excited to help build out new strategic partnerships alongside an energized team that is driving change across the financial system.”

It should be mentioned that none of the people worked within Onyx, JPMorgan’s blockchain and digital assets division.

JPMorgan declined to comment on the moves.

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Ian Allison

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