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James Taylor Exits BNY Mellon for Unizen to Unite Institutional Expertise and Crypto

James Taylor has joined the Unizen executive team in a newly created Chief Business Development Officer role.

A long-established expert, he brings extensive experience of the capital markets, electronic trading and fintech, acquired over a 20+ year career working at some of the largest and most prestigious names in the banking industry – BNY Mellon, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, and Salomon Brothers.

Before joining Unizen, James was Global Head of Electronic Foreign Exchange sales at BNY Mellon, the world’s largest custodian and one of the oldest US banks. Prior to this, James spent eight years at JP Morgan Chase in a variety of roles, his last held position was Head of Fixed Income Currency and Commodity (FICC) Market Structure.

James has a proven record in both establishing and growing new businesses. Immediately after his arrival, he aims to introduce Unizen to a multitude of global financial institutions, including investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds, corporates, sovereign wealth funds, and central banks. The expertise and professional network of the new Chief Business Development Officer are crucial to nurturing new long-term partnerships and developing global opportunities.

This news marks a new chapter for Unizen, providing the team with the expertise to facilitate the ultimate goal of bringing together centralized institutions and decentralized providers. It also marks a shift in dynamics between the traditional financial sector and blockchain space, now driven not by the opposition but by collaboration.

About the move to Unizen, James Taylor explained his decision:

“Without a doubt, the team is top notch in terms of talent, but what impresses me the most is the moral philosophy I see applied by all. I’m very excited by our ambition to be THE universal and unified gateway through which traditional financial market participants access new digital asset marketplaces.”

James Taylor also elaborates on the first priorities “Unizen is building a Centralized-Decentralized ecosystem (CeDeFi) to address the challenges that lie ahead of broader crypto acceptance and adoption, including KYC, security and fragmented liquidity.

Unizen team is enthusiastic about changes to come, remarking that “the addition of James Taylor to the Unizen team is a leap towards building a powerful CeDeFi and compliant liquidity converging with the traditional financial sector. The decision to contribute 20+ years of institutional experience to a decentralized ecosystem has the potential to open a new stage of global blockchain adoption.

Read more about Unizen in this article.

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