Former Global Digital Finance executive director and HSBC executive joins to lead local licensing efforts and regulatory relationships

HONG KONG, October 30, 2020 -- today announced it has hired Teana Baker-Taylor as general manager of U.K. She joins amidst a record growth year for the company: its Visa cards began shipping in the U.K. in March, its global user growth has risen from 3M in July to 5M+ in Oct. Teana will be driving the business strategy and overseeing U.K. operations, including leading licensing efforts, regulatory affairs and business development.

Previously, Teana was the Executive Director and board member of Global Digital Finance, a not-for-profit initiative fostering discussion on global policy and governance for blockchain and digital assets with policymakers, regulators and industry participants, conducting outreach to build a shared understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by tokens and digital currencies. Teana is a Vice-Chair of the Blockchain for Europe Board and has held senior strategy, communications and marketing positions at HSBC and Citi.

Teana was named as the Regulatory & Governance Leader of the Year within Finance Monthly’s 2020 Women in Finance Awards, which ranks 100 of the most successful and forward thinking women within the Financial Industry from across the globe. She was recently included in the Rising Women in Crypto 2020 longlist and has been recognised twice as one of the Standout 35 of the most influential women in Fintech globally within the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist.

Teana said: “I am delighted to join an industry leader committed to security, compliance and risk management as a foundation to furthering their mission to put 'cryptocurrency in every wallet’. I’m honoured to lead's growth strategy in the U.K. and leverage my financial services and digital assets expertise to help build the infrastructure for an end-to-end payments network and deliver tangible benefits to our customers and partners."

Mariana Gospodinova, GM of Europe, said: “I’m thrilled to have Teana join our team and lead our UK office. With the rapid growth has experienced in the recent months, leadership like Teana’s is crucial to help us continue to scale and reach new markets. I’m looking forward to working together as a team to shape’s growth trajectory into 2021 and beyond.”

About was founded in 2016 on a simple belief: it's a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. serves over 5 million customers today, providing them with a powerful alternative to traditional financial services through the App, the Card, the Exchange, and DeFi Wallet. is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance. is headquartered in Hong Kong with a 600+ strong team. Find out more by visiting

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