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Former Starling Bank Co-founder is Crypto Exchange Gemini’s New Managing Director of Europe

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The European subsidiary of Gemini on Wednesday announced the appointment of Julian Sawyer as the managing director of the United Kingdom and Europe.

He will bring over 20 years of experience in the crypto company and will be responsible for shaping Gemini’s overall strategy in the region, developing market-leading products, and charting the course for operations.

While at Starling, Sawyer oversaw a doubling in the company’s customer growth over eight months and launched a euro account, which allows U.K. residents to hold, send and receive euros for free. He also founded Bluerock Consulting, a financial management consultancy, and has previously worked at professional services firms Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Ernst & Young.

Sawyer compared the crypto space to real-time payments in banking — an advanced capability that was only performed by a few banks but soon spread throughout the whole banking industry.

“Starling hasn’t done anything in the crypto space, and I think that is because a number of challenger banks and fintechs are just watching the market. However, as our financial systems evolve, banks also need to give customers the tools to buy, sell and store crypto safely and securely. This is where businesses and consumers will turn to crypto exchanges for some [of] their banking needs.”
– Julian Sawyer

Though centred in the United States, Gemini is expanding its services in all over the world. The company already offers crypto trading services in Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, and Australia.

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