Gemini Crypto Exchange Appoints Starling Bank Founder To Expand Presence In Europe And UK


New York-based Gemini cryptocurrency exchange recently announced the appointment of Julian Sawyer as the Managing Director of the United Kingdom and Europe. This is in an effort to tap the rising interest of European traders for crypto-based investments.

Julian Sawyer is the former co-founder and chief operating officer at U.K-based Starling Bank. Starling Bank is one of the largest mobile banks disrupting the retail banking sector in the UK. Sawyer will be responsible for shaping Gemini’s overall strategy in the region, charting the course of operations and developing market-leading products.

While at Starling where he was Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible in overseeing the bank’s operations and led it through significant periods of hyper-growth. During his tenure, he doubled customer growth in just eight months and successfully launching the Euro Account. The Starling Bank app currently has one million customers. It is also the only banking service with a European account and additional services through post offices.

In addition to his current roles, Sawyer is the founder to Bluerock Consulting which is a financial management consultancy; he led the firm as its CEO from 1999-2011. Apart from Bluerock Consulting, Julian Sawyer also worked at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) as a management consultant and Ernst & Young where he specialized in large scale transformation in the payment industry. Over the course of his 20 years in high growth financial services, he has proven his success in working to eliminate costs and complexities associated with traditional banks. This is expected to trickle down into his new role at Gemini as well.

Europe is the birthplace of modern financial markets and the US has been a global financial capital of innovation for hundreds of years. It continues to build on Europe and the UK’s tradition of thoughtful regulations. Julian Sawyer will play an integral overseeing Gemini’s expansion into the UK and Europe.

Julian Sawyer is the latest addition to an incredibly experienced and professional group of senior leaders who have joined Gemini over the past 18 months. Gemini is clearly ramping up its global footprint. Outside the US, Gemini is also available in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Canada, and Australia.

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