tZERO appoints Edwin Marcial, Michael Blaugrund to its Board
tZERO, a leader in financial innovation and liquidity for private companies, announced today the appointment of two new directors to its Board: Edwin Marcial, former Senior Vice President and founding Chief Technology Officer of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), and Michael Blaugrund, Chief Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Blaugrund’s appointment is in conjunction with a significant minority investment by ICE and follows the appointment of David Goone as tZERO’s Chief Executive Officer. Marcial and Blaugrund have capital markets expertise complementary to tZERO’s Board of Directors, positioning the company for further growth and innovation in the blockchain marketplace.
With these changes, tZERO’s Board is now composed of six directors, which includes others: Matt Mosman, Chairman of tZERO’s Board of Directors and General Partner at Pelion Venture Partners, David Goone, Chief Executive Officer at tZERO, Chris Campbell, Chief Strategist at Kroll, and John Jacobs, former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Nasdaq.
Marcial is the former founding Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for ICE. Marcial left ICE in 2014 to pursue other interests.
Today, Marcial is the Chief Executive Officer of Thirteen Castles Digital, a software development firm that builds custom systems for early-stage companies. Marcial also advises and invests in several early-stage software companies, including SnapNurse, Loyal Health, BetterCloud, and Leaf Logistics.
Marcial is also the creator and host of techrides.io, a web-based video series where he tells the inspiring stories of business leaders while riding in an interesting car.
Marcial holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.
Blaugrund is Chief Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange, a wholly owned subsidiary of ICE. He is responsible for the NYSE’s five equity and two options markets, as well as the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC).
Most recently, Blaugrund was Director of Business Development at Tower Research Capital, where he focused on expanding the firm’s global market access and developing strategic assets. Prior to that role, Blaugrund led U.S. equity product strategy at Nasdaq and held product management roles at Thomson Reuters.
Blaugrund graduated from Harvard University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).