Talos appoints “boss, mentor, and friend” Neal Pawar as strategic advisor

Rick Steves

“Foundational technologies are needed for institutions to fully embrace this potential, however, and in my opinion Talos’s platform is steadily becoming the de facto industry standard for digital asset trading.”

Talos has announced the appointment of Neal Pawar as a strategic advisor, joining a board of veteran advisors that includes Jennifer Hill, who previously served as CFO of Merrill Lynch & Co, David Cushing, ex-Director of Global Trading at Wellington, and Tim Grant, Galaxy Digital’s Head of Europe.

Neal Pawar will bring much-needed insight to the provider of institutional digital asset trading technology after 25 years in senior technology and business operations leadership roles on both the buy and sell side.

The new Talos advisor is the Chief Operating Officer of Qontigo, a leading provider of index, analytics and risk solutions that is part of Deutsche Börse Group, and also serves as a board member at CAIS, a leading alternative investment platform.

His career includes roles as Managing Director and CIO of UBS’ Wealth Management group and Group CIO at Deutsche Bank, having also been a partner at both D.E. Shaw & Co. and AQR Capital.

Neal Pawar and Talos Founder Anton Katz crossed paths in 2015 at AQR Capital, where the latter was Head of Trading Technology until leaving in 2018 to launch his own business, Talos, which has grown immensely since then and now has offices in New York, Europe and Singapore.

Talos offers a number of crypto-focused solutions, including a trading platform, marketplace, data and analytics, and portfolio and settlement tools, all offered directly or through service providers on a white-label basis.

Boss, mentor, friend

Anton Katz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Talos, commented: “Neal’s career path starting as a software engineer and rising to an industry leader gives him a unique perspective on the evolution of market structure and the innovations that shape it. This type of experience is invaluable in our sector, as we’re seeing digital assets and crypto mature, leaning heavily on lessons from more traditional asset classes. Over the years, Neal has been my boss, my mentor, and my friend. Now, I am extremely happy to welcome him to our Advisory Board and tap his deep experience in the financial sector to help further accelerate Talos’s growth.”

Neal Pawar, strategic advisor at Talos, said: “I believe digital assets are poised to fundamentally reshape the traditional financial rails we use today. Foundational technologies are needed for institutions to fully embrace this potential, however, and in my opinion Talos’s platform is steadily becoming the de facto industry standard for digital asset trading. I look forward to working with Anton, Ethan and the rest of the team as they work to further their mission of enabling this transformation.

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