Cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX has appointed former HKEX regulatory expert Angelina Kwan as Chief Operating Officer to drive the company’s growth while guiding the operator on its mission to offer advanced, innovative financial products for the global cryptocurrency industry.
Kuan is an industry veteran with 24 years of experience in leadership roles for financial products across Asia Pacific and the United States. Prior to joining BitMex, Kwan served as Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Compliance for Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX).
Angelina Kwan has also spent eight years working at the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC), where she gained a deep understanding of operations and regulatory strategy. Her career includes a number of roles in retail securities trading and asset management.
Arthur Hayes, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of BitMEX, said:
“Welcoming Angelina — experienced in traditional finance and regulation — to the BitMEX team is a significant milestone not just for our company, but for the cryptocurrency industry as a whole. I believe Angelina’s decision to join us is a signal that the global markets are shifting focus to the rapidly-expanding domain of crypto-coins. Angelina’s vast experience in regulation, trading platforms, business development, restructuring, and investor and stakeholder relations will be pivotal as we continue the push towards mainstream cryptocurrency adoption and broaden our community.”
Angelina Kwan, BitMEX Chief Operating Officer, commented:
“My most memorable accomplishments — from successfully restructuring and relisting a bankrupt financial services company, spearheading the establishment of new operations or companies, to serving on a number of boards and committees — have been joining organizations that are at the cusp of making a major breakthrough, so it’s with a sense of great excitement that I take on the challenge of driving BitMEX to new market heights.”
“In addition to being a true market leader among trading platforms, BitMEX shares my value of gender inclusion, particularly in STEM fields. Cryptocurrency markets present an exciting new opportunity for women to get involved in the intersection of finance and technology, two fields in which they are chronically under-represented. BitMEX has made its commitment to meritocracy clear, and is sending the message that women with deep backgrounds in finance and business can execute at the highest level within cryptocurrency companies,” added Kwan.
The new COO of BitMEX is a Hong Kong Government-appointed member of the Women’s Commission, the Council for Sustainable Development, the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust and the Administrative Appeals Board; and the Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Securities Industry Development Corporation of Malaysia, among many other roles.