CryptoUK appoints Teana Baker-Taylor as non-executive director

Rick Steves

“CryptoUK is moving the needle on policy and regulatory framework development to ultimately build trust and protect all participants, from retail investors to the crypto industry players”

CryptoUK has hired former Crypto.com and Binance executive Teana Baker-Taylor as a non-executive director (NED) as the lobbying entity attempts to influence the blockchain and regulatory spaces in the United Kingdom at a time when growing adoption is intensifying debate about possible regulatory frameworks.

At both Crypto.com and Binance, Teana Baker-Taylor was responsible for the UK and European market strategy, operations and business development, as well as government relations and regulatory affairs across the region.

Binance and Crypto.com in UK

The industry veteran was UK Director at Binance in 2020, where she led the crypto exchange’s presence in the U.K. and expansion across Europe. There, she oversaw new business opportunities and partnerships, market strategy, operations and marketing, and led government relations and regulatory affairs in Europe.

In October 2020, Crypto.com snatched Baker-Taylor from Binance and appointed her as General Manager UK to lead the operation’s market strategy, operations, business development and regulatory affairs.

She also held a number of critical leadership roles in traditional finance and the digital assets industry, and worked directly with regulators and Capitol Hill policymakers.

She is currently the Chief Policy Officer for the Digital Chamber of Commerce, a leading US trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry, and leads the Chamber’s Policy and Government Affairs activities.

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Teana joins CryptoUK in an advisory capacity

Teana Baker-Taylor, who will take up the role of NED immediately, said: “The UK digital asset industry is at a turning point and maturing fast as adoption grows. Having been on both sides of the fence as a policy advocate and commercial market operator, I am excited to support CryptoUK in building the bridges between policymakers and market participants. CryptoUK is moving the needle on policy and regulatory framework development to ultimately build trust and protect all participants, from retail investors to the crypto industry players.

”In my role as NED, my goal is to leverage my board experience to put in place and support a robust governance model for CryptoUK so it can scale as the industry grows.”

Ian Taylor, executive director of CryptoUK, said: “We are delighted to be joined by Teana in an advisory capacity. She brings tremendous expertise and experience leading policy maker and regulator outreach and advocacy initiatives to build a shared understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by digital assets. She joins us at the perfect time to build our governance model and support our engagement strategy to inform a runway of policy initiatives that are top of mind for policy makers.”

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