Appointments include elevating long-standing BlockFi leaders across Operations, Finance, and People teams to execute on strategic vision
JERSEY CITY, N.J.; October 7, 2022 – Today BlockFi, a global crypto financial services company, is pleased to share the following updates to its executive leadership team including the elevation of BlockFi’s co-founder, Flori Marquez, to Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ms. Marquez has oversight of the firm’s Operations, Client Service, People, Engineering and Retail Product teams.
“Since founding BlockFi with me in 2017, Flori has built and managed many critical functions across the business and has proven herself to be an agile and strategic operator. This is a natural evolution of Flori’s role and responsibilities at the company, and I have total confidence in her ability to lead the firm forward as we continue to build,” said CEO & Founder, Zac Prince.
In addition to Ms. Marquez, three other senior BlockFi employees and seasoned leaders at the firm will join the executive leadership team:
Amit Cheela as Chief Financial Officer
Amit Cheela joined BlockFi in June 2018 as one of the firm’s first employees, leading the Finance function. He has nearly 15 years of experience in corporate finance, asset management, strategy, and accounting including previous roles at ESL Investments, Coastal Investment Management, and PwC. As BlockFi’s CFO, Amit oversees all of BlockFi’s corporate finance, capital markets, treasury, strategic planning, and corporate development functions. Amit holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
Rob Loban as Chief Accounting Officer
Rob Loban is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience leading, building and advising a broad array of financial institutions and startups in the US and internationally. Rob joined BlockFi in August 2020 and has built out the accounting, reporting, and audit functions at the firm. As the Chief Accounting Officer, he oversees the firm’s accounting, reporting, and audit functions; pioneering new ways to apply traditional financial principles to the crypto industry. Prior to BlockFi, he served as the Head of Accounting for a FinTech lender and before that spent over a decade working for PwC helping asset managers, banks, real estate companies, and broker dealers navigate complex accounting and reporting issues in the U.S. and emerging markets. Rob is a graduate of Boston University holding a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance.
Meg Crowell as Chief People Officer
Meg Crowell joined BlockFi as the first dedicated People team hire in July 2019 and built BlockFi’s Recruitment, Talent Operations, and Employee Experience functions. Since then, Meg has built and scaled various teams within the People organization including the global HR business partner and Environment teams. As Chief People Officer, Meg oversees all of BlockFi’s People operations including talent recruitment & retention, compensation and benefits, onboarding, performance management, employee relations, and company culture. Prior to BlockFi, Meg spent two years working as a brand strategist and talent management consultant and the previous five years working in Human Resources at Morgan Stanley. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature.
Tony Lauro, formerly BlockFi’s Chief Financial Officer, will join BlockFi’s Board of Directors. Laura Cooper, formerly BlockFi’s Chief People Officer, will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for the firm.
Currently BlockFi has 400 employees worldwide with headquarters in Jersey City, New Jersey. Meet BlockFi’s leadership team here: https://blockfi.com/team/
BlockFi is a new breed of financial services company. Founded in 2017 by Zac Prince and Flori Marquez, BlockFi is building a bridge between cryptocurrencies and traditional financial and wealth management products to advance the overall digital asset ecosystem for individual and institutional investors. Learn more here: https://blockfi.com/