Cardano Foundation Announces COO Pletscher & CLO Jacquemart

  • The Foundation also appointed Nicolas Jacquemart as Chief Legal Officer.
  • CEO Gregaard said operational resilience and blockchain adoption are the Foundation’s main goals.

Cardano Foundation announced that Andreas Pletscher and Nicolas Jacquemart have been appointed as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Legal Officer  (CLO), respectively.

In addition, Jacquemart joins the Foundation from FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, while Pletscher joins from PwC.

Cardano Foundation CEO, Frederik Gregaard said that he is excited to have Pletscher and Jacquemart on board. Furthermore, while elaborating more on what these two key players bring to the table, he stated:

They add not just huge expertise but incredible ambition and drive, and I know they will have a massive impact on our mission: to improve the operational resilience and adoption of the Cardano blockchain while educating the world about the technology’s applications and potential.

Pletscher comes with more than 25 years of experience managing challenging operational and IT transformation projects in the domestic and international financial services sector. In his previous stints, he served the role of the technological director at PwC and IBM. His most recent project involves managing a significant transition for a Swiss provider of crypto services.

As the newly appointed COO, Pletscher shared that he agrees with CEO Gregaard that operational resilience is an “excellent objective” when it comes to the Foundation’s strategy, especially when the “task is so bound up with technology, security, and community.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Nicolas Jacquemart provides significant legal expertise to the Foundation’s leadership team. Most recently, he was employed at FINMA, Switzerland’s financial market supervisory authority, where he worked on the fintech desk. He previously held positions in renowned Swiss legal companies. He obtained his doctorate in law from the University of Zurich, where he focused on the interaction between financial market regulation and blockchain technology.

Jacquemart stated that he is looking forward to working at the interface between the “Cardano ecosystem, the wider blockchain community, regulators, and the legal profession.” According to him, the Cardano Foundation is serious about legal engagement and education with a “pronounced” interest in the blockchain space.

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