Former Cboe Europe President Mark Hemsley joins blockchain developer Zilliqa
Zilliqa Research Pte. Ltd., developers of the Zilliqa blockchain, today announce the appointment of Mark Hemsley as the company’s Chairman of the Board.
Mr Hemsley joins the Zilliqa board of directors following an illustrious corporate career, highlighted by a three-year tenure as President of Cboe Europe and Executive Vice President of Cboe Global Markets, Inc.
Hemsley joined Cboe following the Chicago-based company’s acquisition of BATS Europe in 2017 – an organisation he was a founding employee of in 2008 and where he served as Chief Executive Officer. During his time at BATS Europe, Hemsley spearheaded the acquisition and integration of Chi-X Europe, a move which established BATS Europe as the continent’s leading equities exchange operator.
The move to bring Hemsley into the fold comes as Zilliqa Research prepares to ramp up its efforts towards the long-term transition to Zilliqa 2.0 – the next evolution of the Zilliqa blockchain that will be underpinned by a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus model, designed to make the platform more cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive to build on for businesses and enterprises.
Commenting on his appointment, incoming Zilliqa Chairman of the Board, Mark Hemsley, said:
“I feel very privileged to be joining the Zilliqa board at such an exciting time, both for the business and for the broader blockchain industry. As blockchain technology continues to mature and become an increasingly important component of businesses, regardless of size or sector, the opportunity to play a role in shaping its future with Zilliqa was one that was too good to pass up. I look forward to joining the rest of the Zilliqa team and helping to guide the business through the transitionary period to Zilliqa 2.0, ensuring that we are in the best position to capitalise on all of the new opportunities this represents.”