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Enso Ventures is a private investment and project management company that specializes in making selective equity investments in high-technology and bio-tech companies.

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Kraken, TradingView, Swiss FINMA and More: Executive Moves of the Week

Jan 28, 2024

Sunday, 28/01/2024 | 00:00 GMT 0 This week marks an improvement compared to the previous one, with a slight increase in executive appointments within the forex, crypto, and fintech sectors. Recently, there have been a number of executive moves in the financial industry. These include the following: Kraken hired Gilles BianRosa as Chief Operating and Product Officer and Marcus Hughes as Global Head of Regulatory Strategy; TradingView onboarded Oleg Mukhanov to become the new CEO; Swiss FINMA appointed Stefan Walter as its incoming CEO; INFINOX welcomed Jana Zdravecka as Managing Director; Saxo Bank promoted John Carmichael as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer; Markets.com named Elena Christodoulou as Head of Europe; lastly, Match-Trade Technologies appointed Krzysztof Kapliński as Dealing Team Leader. These developments showcase the industry's emphasis on leadership changes to promote growth and ensure regulatory compliance. Delve into the ever-changing landscape of executive moves within the financial technology sector through our weekly roundup, exploring dynamic shifts in the realms of forex, cryptocurrency, and fintech. Executive Moves of the Week Kraken Announces Two Executive Hires to Navigate Regulatory Landscape Kraken, a crypto exchange, is bolstering its leadership to navigate the intricate global regulatory landscape. Gilles BianRosa, a veteran with over two decades of entrepreneurial and product leadership, has assumed the role of Chief Operating and Product Officer (COO/CPO). Keep Reading Previously the CPO at N26, BianRosa successfully introduced crypto trading in core markets. At Kraken, he'll oversee strategy, global operations, product, and design, with a focus on advancing the next generation of crypto products. Concurrently, Marcus Hughes, an expert in legal, commercial, and regulatory matters with experience at Coinbase and Morgan Stanley, has become Global Head of Regulatory Strategy. Hughes will lead Kraken's regulatory efforts worldwide, bridging the gap between traditional finance and crypto. These two experienced executives, BianRosa and Hughes, play vital roles in steering Kraken through the ever-changing regulatory environment while driving innovation and global expansion. Their appointments underscore Kraken's commitment to making cryptocurrencies accessible to users worldwide while adhering to evolving regulatory standards. From our Directory TradingView Appoints Oleg Mukhanov as CEO, Denis Globa Departs TradingView, the London-based charting platform and social network, has undergone a significant leadership change as Oleg Mukhanov becomes the new CEO, succeeding Co-Founder Denis Globa. Mukhanov, formerly the Chief Financial Officer at TradingView, brings a wealth of experience from venture capital and investment banking to this new role. This transition aligns with the company's global expansion efforts. Oleg Mukhanov's background includes notable roles in venture capital as Partner and COO/CFO at Enso Ventures and a six-year stint in investment banking at UBS. Mukhanov expressed his enthusiasm for the role on LinkedIn: "I am excited and humbled to take over as the Chief Executive Officer at TradingView. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking this amazing company and all those people who made it such to new heights." Swiss FINMA Taps Stefan Walter, Ex-ECB Chief, as New CEO The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has announced the appointment of Stefan Walter as its incoming Chief Executive Officer, effective from April 1, 2024. Walter, a former Director General at the European Central Bank (ECB), brings a wealth of international banking supervision experience to FINMA. During his tenure at the ECB, he oversaw the supervision of major banks in the eurozone and later transitioned to risk supervision, covering various risk categories. Marlene Amstad, the Chair of FINMA's Board of Directors, highlighted Walter's international financial market expertise and knowledge in large bank supervision. She emphasized that his experience and connections with international supervisory authorities will greatly benefit FINMA's oversight of Switzerland's systemically important banks. This appointment was made after a period of scrutiny over FINMA's handling of issues at Credit Suisse, making Walter's leadership crucial in addressing regulatory challenges. London Capital Group's CEO Moves to INFINOX as Managing Director Jana Zdravecka, formerly associated with London Capital Group (LCG), has been appointed as the Managing Director at INFINOX, a leading online trading services provider. Zdravecka, who held a similar position at LCG for three years, brings 14 years of professional experience gained at LCG, HSBC, and JPMorgan Chase. She will be based in INFINOX's London office and has expressed confidence in leveraging her expertise to help INFINOX achieve its strategic goals in the competitive online trading industry. With a strong background in major financial institutions, Zdravecka will play a pivotal role in supporting INFINOX's growth plans for 2024 and beyond, which encompass initiatives in marketing, commercial operations, product development, and data management. This appointment follows INFINOX's recent hire of Robert Collins as the Head of Trading, indicating the company's commitment to strengthening its team in the dynamic CFD brokerage market. Saxo Bank Strengthens Leadership: Names New Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Saxo Bank has announced the promotion of John Carmichael as the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, a key move in its executive team. Carmichael, who also sits on the Danish firm's Board of Management and Executive Team, has taken on this role when Saxo aims to bolster its governance structures, risk management, and compliance efforts. Last year, Saxo was designated as a Systemically Important Financial Institution by the Danish regulator, necessitating stringent capital requirements. Kim Fournais, the Founder and CEO of Saxo Bank, expressed confidence in Carmichael's leadership, citing his extensive experience in audit and compliance as pivotal for enhancing risk and compliance functions within the organization. Markets.com Continues Leadership Change: Names New Europe Head Markets.com, the retail brokerage brand under Finalto, is undergoing a leadership transformation with the appointment of Elena Christodoulou as its Head of Europe. Having previously served as the Regional Manager for the DACH region since her arrival in February 2021, Christodoulou's new role is pivotal in overseeing and driving strategic initiatives across the European market. Based in Cyprus, she will play a crucial part in strengthening the company's presence and fostering growth while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. As Head of Europe, Christodoulou will manage client relationships and collaborate with regional teams at Markets.com to tailor products to the European client base. Her extensive knowledge of the trading industry and strategic vision make her a key figure in advancing the company's growth objectives in Europe. Match-Trade Technologies Names New Dealing Team Leader Match-Trade Technologies has appointed Krzysztof Kapliński as its new Dealing Team Leader. With over a decade of experience in the FX/CFD industry, Kapliński's promotion from Senior Dealing Officer underscores his expertise. He has been associated with Match-Trade Technologies for nearly four years, having previously served as a Senior Broker Support Specialist. His extensive career journey includes notable roles at well-known brands in the retail brokerage industry, such as Markets.com, IronFX, XTB, and Noble Securities. Prior to joining Match-Trade, Kapliński worked as an FX Hunter at Raiffeisen Solutions. His new role as Dealing Team Leader reflects his commitment to advancing within the industry. Match-Trade Technologies, a provider of technological solutions to FX/CFD brokers, continues to make strategic personnel changes, having recently welcomed Alexis Droussiotis as the Head of the Match-Trader platform. These developments highlight the company's dedication to staying at the forefront of the industry. A Fraud Survey We invite you to participate in our joint survey conducted by FXStreet and Finance Magnates Group, which explores prevalent online financial fraud types, platforms used for fraudulent activities, effectiveness of countermeasures, and challenges faced by companies in tackling such fraud. Your valuable insights will help inform future strategies and resource allocation in combating financial fraud. Social Media Scams: Help Shape the Fight with Your 2024 Survey Participation. This week marks an improvement compared to the previous one, with a slight increase in executive appointments within the forex, crypto, and fintech sectors. Recently, there have been a number of executive moves in the financial industry. These include the following: Kraken hired Gilles BianRosa as Chief Operating and Product Officer and Marcus Hughes as Global Head of Regulatory Strategy; TradingView onboarded Oleg Mukhanov to become the new CEO; Swiss FINMA appointed Stefan Walter as its incoming CEO; INFINOX welcomed Jana Zdravecka as Managing Director; Saxo Bank promoted John Carmichael as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer; Markets.com named Elena Christodoulou as Head of Europe; lastly, Match-Trade Technologies appointed Krzysztof Kapliński as Dealing Team Leader. These developments showcase the industry's emphasis on leadership changes to promote growth and ensure regulatory compliance. Delve into the ever-changing landscape of executive moves within the financial technology sector through our weekly roundup, exploring dynamic shifts in the realms of forex, cryptocurrency, and fintech. Executive Moves of the Week Kraken Announces Two Executive Hires to Navigate Regulatory Landscape Kraken, a crypto exchange, is bolstering its leadership to navigate the intricate global regulatory landscape. Gilles BianRosa, a veteran with over two decades of entrepreneurial and product leadership, has assumed the role of Chief Operating and Product Officer (COO/CPO). Keep Reading Previously the CPO at N26, BianRosa successfully introduced crypto trading in core markets. At Kraken, he'll oversee strategy, global operations, product, and design, with a focus on advancing the next generation of crypto products. Concurrently, Marcus Hughes, an expert in legal, commercial, and regulatory matters with experience at Coinbase and Morgan Stanley, has become Global Head of Regulatory Strategy. Hughes will lead Kraken's regulatory efforts worldwide, bridging the gap between traditional finance and crypto. These two experienced executives, BianRosa and Hughes, play vital roles in steering Kraken through the ever-changing regulatory environment while driving innovation and global expansion. Their appointments underscore Kraken's commitment to making cryptocurrencies accessible to users worldwide while adhering to evolving regulatory standards. From our Directory TradingView Appoints Oleg Mukhanov as CEO, Denis Globa Departs TradingView, the London-based charting platform and social network, has undergone a significant leadership change as Oleg Mukhanov becomes the new CEO, succeeding Co-Founder Denis Globa. Mukhanov, formerly the Chief Financial Officer at TradingView, brings a wealth of experience from venture capital and investment banking to this new role. This transition aligns with the company's global expansion efforts. Oleg Mukhanov's background includes notable roles in venture capital as Partner and COO/CFO at Enso Ventures and a six-year stint in investment banking at UBS. Mukhanov expressed his enthusiasm for the role on LinkedIn: "I am excited and humbled to take over as the Chief Executive Officer at TradingView. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking this amazing company and all those people who made it such to new heights." ADVERTISEMENT Swiss FINMA Taps Stefan Walter, Ex-ECB Chief, as New CEO The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has announced the appointment of Stefan Walter as its incoming Chief Executive Officer, effective from April 1, 2024. Walter, a former Director General at the European Central Bank (ECB), brings a wealth of international banking supervision experience to FINMA. During his tenure at the ECB, he oversaw the supervision of major banks in the eurozone and later transitioned to risk supervision, covering various risk categories. Marlene Amstad, the Chair of FINMA's Board of Directors, highlighted Walter's international financial market expertise and knowledge in large bank supervision. She emphasized that his experience and connections with international supervisory authorities will greatly benefit FINMA's oversight of Switzerland's systemically important banks. This appointment was made after a period of scrutiny over FINMA's handling of issues at Credit Suisse, making Walter's leadership crucial in addressing regulatory challenges. London Capital Group's CEO Moves to INFINOX as Managing Director Jana Zdravecka, formerly associated with London Capital Group (LCG), has been appointed as the Managing Director at INFINOX, a leading online trading services provider. Zdravecka, who held a similar position at LCG for three years, brings 14 years of professional experience gained at LCG, HSBC, and JPMorgan Chase. She will be based in INFINOX's London office and has expressed confidence in leveraging her expertise to help INFINOX achieve its strategic goals in the competitive online trading industry. With a strong background in major financial institutions, Zdravecka will play a pivotal role in supporting INFINOX's growth plans for 2024 and beyond, which encompass initiatives in marketing, commercial operations, product development, and data management. This appointment follows INFINOX's recent hire of Robert Collins as the Head of Trading, indicating the company's commitment to strengthening its team in the dynamic CFD brokerage market. Saxo Bank Strengthens Leadership: Names New Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Saxo Bank has announced the promotion of John Carmichael as the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, a key move in its executive team. Carmichael, who also sits on the Danish firm's Board of Management and Executive Team, has taken on this role when Saxo aims to bolster its governance structures, risk management, and compliance efforts. Last year, Saxo was designated as a Systemically Important Financial Institution by the Danish regulator, necessitating stringent capital requirements. Kim Fournais, the Founder and CEO of Saxo Bank, expressed confidence in Carmichael's leadership, citing his extensive experience in audit and compliance as pivotal for enhancing risk and compliance functions within the organization. Markets.com Continues Leadership Change: Names New Europe Head Markets.com, the retail brokerage brand under Finalto, is undergoing a leadership transformation with the appointment of Elena Christodoulou as its Head of Europe. Having previously served as the Regional Manager for the DACH region since her arrival in February 2021, Christodoulou's new role is pivotal in overseeing and driving strategic initiatives across the European market. Based in Cyprus, she will play a crucial part in strengthening the company's presence and fostering growth while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. As Head of Europe, Christodoulou will manage client relationships and collaborate with regional teams at Markets.com to tailor products to the European client base. Her extensive knowledge of the trading industry and strategic vision make her a key figure in advancing the company's growth objectives in Europe. Match-Trade Technologies Names New Dealing Team Leader Match-Trade Technologies has appointed Krzysztof Kapliński as its new Dealing Team Leader. With over a decade of experience in the FX/CFD industry, Kapliński's promotion from Senior Dealing Officer underscores his expertise. He has been associated with Match-Trade Technologies for nearly four years, having previously served as a Senior Broker Support Specialist. His extensive career journey includes notable roles at well-known brands in the retail brokerage industry, such as Markets.com, IronFX, XTB, and Noble Securities. Prior to joining Match-Trade, Kapliński worked as an FX Hunter at Raiffeisen Solutions. His new role as Dealing Team Leader reflects his commitment to advancing within the industry. Match-Trade Technologies, a provider of technological solutions to FX/CFD brokers, continues to make strategic personnel changes, having recently welcomed Alexis Droussiotis as the Head of the Match-Trader platform. These developments highlight the company's dedication to staying at the forefront of the industry.

Enso Ventures Investments

8 Investments

Enso Ventures has made 8 investments. Their latest investment was in Cognitive Geology as part of their Seed VC on October 05, 2017.

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

10/5/2017

Seed VC

Cognitive Geology

$2.62M

Yes

5

5/26/2017

Series C

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$99M

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10

1/6/2017

Series A

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$99M

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2/3/2016

Series B - II

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$99M

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10

12/1/2015

Series A

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Date

10/5/2017

5/26/2017

1/6/2017

2/3/2016

12/1/2015

Round

Seed VC

Series C

Series A

Series B - II

Series A

Company

Cognitive Geology

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Enso Ventures Portfolio Exits

4 Portfolio Exits

Enso Ventures has 4 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was UltraSoC on June 23, 2020.

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Exit

Companies

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6/23/2020

Acquired

$99M

19

11/7/2019

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8/12/2019

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6/26/2015

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Date

6/23/2020

11/7/2019

8/12/2019

6/26/2015

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IPO

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Enso Ventures Acquisitions

1 Acquisition

Enso Ventures acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was Carbodeon on July 10, 2010.

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Investment Stage

Companies

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Note

Sources

7/10/2010

Other Venture Capital

$99M

$1.65M

Acq - Fin

1

Date

7/10/2010

Investment Stage

Other Venture Capital

Companies

Valuation

$99M

Total Funding

$1.65M

Note

Acq - Fin

Sources

1

Enso Ventures Team

3 Team Members

Enso Ventures has 3 team members, including current Controller, Edward McGill.

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Edward McGill

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Current

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