Coinbase Announces New CFO

Coinbase new CFO Alesia Haas cryptocurrency exchange

Coinbase, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges, has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer, according to reports emerging from the firm today.

The San Francisco-based exchange, which operates in 32 countries and claims over 13 million users, announced the appointment of Alesia Haas to the role, effective immediately.

Haas joins the firm from Oz Management, and is expected to continue to assist her former employers during the transition period, up until June 1. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served at OneWest Bank prior to her time at Oz Management.

Coinbase president and chief operating officer Asiff Hirji welcomed the appointment, and said Haas has “extensive experience in managing highly regulated complex financial institutions.”

The appointment, he said, will “allow us to accelerate our goal of building a world-class financial team that scales with the company through this period of profound growth.”

Co-founder Brian Armstrong was equally enthusiastic about securing Haas for the role.

“I’m incredibly excited to have Alesia join Coinbase as our new CFO. She brings deep financial services experience to our growing company. As a fintech company, finance is core to everything that we do. We plan to continue bringing the best and brightest from both finance and technology companies to help create an open financial system for the world.”

The move comes as the latest in a series of high-profile hirings at Coinbase over the last few months, as the company appears to be preparing for the next phase in its growth.

Back in March, Coinbase announced it had successfully hired Eric Scro, formerly of the New York Stock Exchange, as the company’s new vice-president of finance, as well as securing the services of Emilie Choi from LinkedIn to head business development.

More recently, Rachael Horowitz was announced as the firm’s new vice-president of communications, bringing experience from both Facebook and Twitter to the table.

The appointments also come at a time of increasing acquisition activity from the exchange firm, with and Cipher Browser among the latest blockchain businesses to be acquired by the company.