Ripple announced two major changes in its leadership team today. The company now has a new CTO and a new senior vice president.
Formerly Ripple's chief cryptographer, David Schwartz has now been appointed as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As for the senior vice president, Business and Corporate Development, an external appointment was made. Kahina Van Dyke will be filling this position.
Van Dyke has previously led global teams within the traditional financial services industry, most notably at Mastercard and Citibank, where she gained experience in sophisticated risk mitigation and compliance frameworks. She also led the Global Financial Services team at Facebook.
Schwartz's work will focus on improving the reach and volume of transactions across RippleNet through enhancements to Ripple’s product suite, in particular with xCurrent and xVia. He'll also be responsible for contributing to the further decentralization of the XRP Ledger.
According to Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, "This is a fantastic duo that showcases the two sides of Ripple. David is a world renowned leader in the blockchain and digital asset world, and Kahina is a seasoned veteran in the traditional banking and financial services industries."