Bitstamp taps JB Graftieaux as Global CEO after launch of B2B service in America

Rick Steves

Bitstamp has recently launched its Bitstamp-as-a-Service in the North and South America, which has been operating in Europe for the last 5 years.

Bitstamp has announced the appointment of JB Graftieaux as its new Global Chief Executive Officer, one year after joining as the company’s Europe CEO. He succeeds Julian Sawyer, who has decided to pursue other opportunities.

The crypto exchange, one of the oldest in its space, tapped JB Graftieaux for his 20 years of experience in the crypto, payments, and financial sectors, including more than a decade at PayPal and eBay.

His career includes top roles such as Managing Director of eBay Europe, where he led the company’s regulatory operations for payments and served on the board of directors for several eBay entities.

New Global CEO as Bitstamp launches B2B service in America

JB Graftieaux was Bitstamp’s Chief Compliance Officer between 2014 and 2016 and he was responsible for obtaining regulatory licenses for its EU-based business and operations.

Since rejoining the company last year, Graftieaux has accelerated Bitstamp’s growth in Europe, securing several institutional partnerships and growing the company’s headcount.

JB Graftieaux, Global CEO of Bitstamp, said: “As the longest-running and highly trusted crypto exchange in the world serving millions of users, our strategic vision is to help build the financial ecosystem of tomorrow. Together with our highly experienced Executive Leadership Team, and more than 500 employees, we are well positioned to continue to accelerate crypto access for our valued clients and partners across the globe. As Global CEO, I look forward to building on this strong foundation.”

Nicolas Huss, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bitstamp, commented: “JB was with Bitstamp in its early days, and has admirably led our European business over the past year. We’re pleased to welcome a CEO with such an impressive track record, and very much look forward to the contribution and perspective he will bring to the company in his new role.”

Bitstamp has recently launched its Bitstamp-as-a-Service in the North and South America, which has been operating in Europe for the last 5 years.

In the last months, the company also obtained registrations and licenses in North America and Europe to accelerate its business, and established several major partnerships with banks and institutions reaching millions of clients.

Last year, Bitstamp hired Robert “Bobby” Zagotta as its first U.S. chief executive officer. He joined the exchange from Kraken, where he was chief commercial officer for more than three years. He replaced Hunter Merghart, who was the head and left the operator in June 2021 as he moved on to another challenge.

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