GlobalBlock Launches New Crypto Portfolio Product GB10; Announces Leadership Transition
London, United Kingdom and Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – October 17, 2022) – GlobalBlock Digital Asset Trading Limited (TSXV: BLOK) (OTC Pink: BLVDF) (FSE: BD4) (the “Company” or “GlobalBlock“), is pleased to announce that following the successful launch of its new mobile trading app, it has launched the first of its new products: GB10. GB10 allows instant investment into a diversified portfolio of the top 10 cryptocurrencies weighted by market cap that are then rebalanced at the start of each month. This gives investors a balanced exposure to a basket of digital assets with growing momentum and is ideal for those wishing to have some exposure to crypto across the largest, most established cryptocurrencies. The launch of GB10 coincides with the addition of DCA (Dollar Cost Averaging) capabilities for clients to set up an automated investment each month into GB10.
David Thomas, the new CEO of GlobalBlock (see below under “Leadership Transition”), commented: “After significant investment in our tech with the recent launch of our new mobile app, which continues to see strong downloads and conversion rates, we are pleased to bring GB10 to market. Our decision to create this product was in response to demand from existing clients, and the realisation that many investors entering or currently in the crypto space want a product that gives a broad entry point to the most established crypto projects. The GB10 product is the first of a few products we are looking to bring to market, so it is great to have this first one launched.”
The Company continues to see strong popularity of its new mobile app with download numbers exceeding expectations and as a result several leadership changes have taken place. This transition will position the Company for long term success by capitalising on its current technology, its new regulatory framework and bolstering its financial position by navigating the current state of the crypto markets via a broader cost overhaul.
The first change relates to outgoing CEO Rufus Round, who after safely overseeing the transition of the business for the last year and a half and successfully completing several key milestones such as: last year’s business combination; the transition of the digital asset brokerage business to the European Union; the launch on the new mobile app; and now the launch of GB10, has decided to step down and pursue other opportunities in the digital asset and fintech space. Rufus also steps down as member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
David Thomas, previously the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, an existing member of the Board of Directors and one of the original founders of GlobalBlock Ltd, has been appointed the new CEO. Prior to GlobalBlock, David worked for 15 years within the deliverable foreign exchange services and was a partner within that business until its eventual sale to a major private equity firm.
David Thomas, CEO and a director of the Company said, “Rufus has been instrumental in the completion of last year’s business combination and leading GlobalBlock through its first fifteen months as a publicly listed digital asset broker that is ready to build on its successes to date. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company I would like to thank Rufus for his hard work and dedication to GlobalBlock and wish him well in his future pursuits.“
Rufus Round outgoing CEO commented: “I have really enjoyed working with the team to establish GlobalBlock as a publicly listed crypto broker, now with the tech and regulatory framework from which to flourish. With the foundations laid for the business to benefit from greater digital asset adoption in the future, I look forward to following their success in the years ahead.”
The Company also announces that Amaan Jalwa, Chief Financial Officer has departed the Company in order to pursue other opportunities that have come available to him. Samad Wali has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Corporation Secretary of the Company effective immediately. Samad is a finance specialist with a strong focus on technology and digitization. He has worked on different fronts at the British Council, with his last role working as the head of financial planning and business analysis for the South Asia region. Samad holds an MBA in Finance degree from University of Wales and is a certified SAP FICO consultant. Samad has previous experience of working with the Company and its business and is well placed to provide the required continuity to this role.
Finally, Patrick Bullman has been appointed as a director of the Company to fill the vacant seat on the Board resulting from the departure of Rufus Round. Patrick is one of the original founders of GlobalBlock Ltd. and has over 20 years’ experience working in bond, equity and CFD markets as a broker. Additionally, he founded Peregrine & Black Capital in 2012 and became a director of Peregrine & Black Investment Management in 2015.
Mr. Bullman has also been appointed to the Audit Committee of the Company, which members now consist of Trevor Gabriel, Stuart Olley and Mr. Bullman.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
GlobalBlock Digital Asset Trading Limited is a publicly traded holding company (TSXV: BLOK) whose wholly-owned operating subsidiary, GlobalBlock Europe, UAB (https://www.globalblock.eu), is a European Union based digital asset broker that provides a personalised telephone brokerage service, trading platform and mobile app. Established by an experienced team of financial services professionals, GlobalBlock Europe, UAB acts as a trusted agent serving the digital asset needs of individuals, corporations, institutional financial firms and intermediaries, providing best execution trading and safe custody of digital assets. At this time, clients or customers based in Lithuania and the UK can be onboarded to its digital asset broker and trading services.
For further information please contact the Company at:
David Thomas, CEO
c/o 65 Curzon Street, London, W1J 8PE, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 20 3307 3780
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
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