Earnity taps retail specialist Don Kingsborough as social crypto platform expands

Rick Steves

“Having an advisor with Don’s stellar retail expertise will also be a huge boon in helping industries to leverage and support blockchain.”

Earnity has appointed seasoned fintech and retail entrepreneur, Don Kingsborough, to the social crypto platform’s Advisory Board.

Don Kingsborough has 40 years of experience in executive and operating roles at the intersection of retail, technology and fintech. Earnity is tapping is know how and network to support the firm’s innovation, strategic partnerships, investments, and expansion to work with institutional partners.

The industry veteran is the former President and non-executive Director of Westfield Retail Solutions, having also been a member of the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail association.

Prior to the appointment, he was the founder and CEO of Blackhawk Network, where he is said to have pioneered the retail gift card market. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the former CEO of OneMarket. He has also held senior executive positions at PayPal and is the former president of Atari’s consumer business.

“Don is a fintech and retail trailblazer”

Dan Schatt, Chief Executive Officer of Earnity, said: “Don is a fintech and retail trailblazer and his experience will be incredibly valuable to Earnity as we seek to be a pioneer in the crypto industry. He will help us to grow, explore strategic partnerships and investments, and be instrumental as we add superior talent to our team. Having an advisor with Don’s stellar retail expertise will also be a huge boon in helping industries to leverage and support blockchain.”

Don Kingsborough, Advisor at Earnity, commented: “Dan is a fintech visionary, who is building a team, a company and a product, with an innovative social-first approach, that has the potential to change how we use crypto trading platforms. I am excited to be part of Earnity’s mission to democratize crypto and bring more companies into the fold.”

Earnity tapped top D.C. lawyer

As the ecosystem remains riddled with regulatory uncertainty, the firm has recently appointed Dina Ellis Rochkind to its Advisory Board.

Rochkind has more than 20 years of experience driving legislative change in Washington, D.C. for regulatory flashpoints facing the financial industry. She’s worked with leading senators and members of Congress on Capitol Hill, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department, and worked with the Executive Branch.

Rochkind has worked on every major piece of financial regulation over the last two decades, informing her work as a legal advisor to fintech, crypto and blockchain clients at leading global law firm, Paul Hastings.

She represents clients before Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch in matters involving regulatory initiatives, policy making, legislation and enforcement actions.

She has served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department and has been involved in drafting major pieces of legislation, including: the 2005 bankruptcy reform legislation, the FACT Act, E-Sign, Check 21, Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and, most recently, the comprehensive and bipartisan JOBS Act, for which she was the lead staffer in the Senate.

Earnity appointed Steven Yee as COO

In late July, the social crypto platform announced the appointment of Steven Yee, who was Chief Customer and Risk Officer at OKX.

At OK Group, operator of OKX, Steven Yee was in charge of the overall customer experience and the global customer service function. During his time there, he created the Global Operations Division from the ground up, with hundreds of employees across Asia, North America and Europe. Yee also designed and executed the global risk management program at OKX.

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