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07/09/2022   Blockchain Australia Lands Former BlackRock Director as New CEO

Laura Mercurio has previously worked with BlackRock, Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank.

Parliament House, Canberra, Australia. (Michael on Unsplash)

Blockchain Australia, the nation's industry body advocating for appropriate regulation and policy, has appointedLaura Mercurioas its new CEO, the organizationannounced on Wednesday.

  • Mercurio succeedsSteve Vallas, who led Blockchain Australia for two years at a time when the nation signalled a new approach toward crypto adoption.
  • Australia's new government, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese since May 23, has introducedtoken mappingto identify how crypto assets are managed, and its its central bank has started apilotto explore the use cases of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). More than 20 prominent Australian institutions have backed an A$180 million (US$124.3 million)research programto benefit from the opportunities arising from asset digitization.
  • Mercurio, who has previously gained experience working with the likes of BlackRock, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, various Government & regulatory bodies and blockchain businesses globally, starts her terms on 12th September 2022.
  • “We are excited to welcome Laura to the role of CEO and to bring her wide global experience in this space to Australia," said Blockchain Australia Chairman Adam Poulton.