Animoca Brands Names Ex-Gemini Executive as CFO

Hong Kong-based gaming software company and venture firm Animoca Brands has tapped Jared Shaw as its Chief Financial Officer. The firm also made a number of changes in its senior management team according to a recent press release.

Jared, a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 20 years of experience spanning across traditional finance, fintech, and the crypto sector joined Animoca Brands from Gemini where he served as Head of Finance. He has also served at Goldman Sachs and Prudential Financial among several other firms in different capacities.

With the new appointment, Jared will lead the strategic financial direction for Animoca Brands and its over 380 portfolio companies.

In addition to Jared’s appointment, Animoca Brand also added May Szeto, Jamii Quoc, Samuel Tse, and Josh Du to its senior management team. These experienced individuals will serve in different offices to enhance the firm’s capabilities and progress.

Earlier in the month, the blockchain gaming platform secured $110 million in a strategic round to invest in strategic acquisitions and product development after it announced a $75 million round that saw it reach a $5.9 billion pre-money valuation in July. The Hong Kong-based firm has begun the acquisition process for WePlay Media Holdings LLC.

Beyond Animoca Brands: Other strategic appointments in the cryptosphere

As the crypto industry continues to enjoy global adoption, a number of crypto firms have made strategic hires to further their advancement and improve their product offerings.

Recently Yuga Labs, the developers of blue-chip NFT Bored Ape Yacht appointed Spencer Tucker as its Chief Gaming Officer. Tucker with almost twenty years of experience in the gaming industry will oversee the firm’s Web3.0 gaming initiatives as well as the “Otherside” metaverse projects.

Similarly, Copper, a crypto custodian onboarded Mastercard’s Tim Neil – who has amassed over twenty years of experience as its Chief Risk Officer.

In the same manner, Laura Mercurio joined Blockchain Australia – a body that represents Australian companies in the crypto sector, as its CEO. Mercurio who made the switch from BlackRock will lead the regulator’s charge in implementing a regulatory framework for the nation.