Executive Team

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Brendan Blumer

Chief Executive Officer Hong Kong

Brendan was an early investor in blockchain and transitioned to full-time involvement in the space in 2016 when he met business partner Dan Larimer and they co-founded Block.one. Prior to this, Brendan founded okay.com, a collaborative data-sharing ecosystem for the Asia Pacific property market that has grown to be Hong Kong’s largest digital property agency. He has been building disruptive technology companies since 2001, when he started Gamecliff, a company that automated the valuation, purchase, and resale of in-game items in the world’s largest online video games.

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Brendan Blumer

Chief Executive Officer Hong Kong

Brendan was an early investor in blockchain and transitioned to full-time involvement in the space in 2016 when he met business partner Dan Larimer and they co-founded Block.one. Prior to this, Brendan founded okay.com, a collaborative data-sharing ecosystem for the Asia Pacific property market that has grown to be Hong Kong’s largest digital property agency. He has been building disruptive technology companies since 2001, when he started Gamecliff, a company that automated the valuation, purchase, and resale of in-game items in the world’s largest online video games.

Rob Jesudason

Group President Hong Kong

Rob leads Block.one’s Executive Committee and oversees the company’s high-level strategy execution and key decision-making processes. Previously, he was Group Executive, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was responsible for CBA’s financial management framework. Prior to CBA, he was at Credit Suisse as Head of Global Emerging Markets within the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) investment banking practice, where he was in charge of Financial Institutions coverage teams across APAC, CEEMEA and Latin America. Earlier in his career, he held positions at JP Morgan, Barclays, McKinsey & Co and GE Capital.

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Rob Jesudason

Group President Hong Kong

Rob leads Block.one’s Executive Committee and oversees the company’s high-level strategy execution and key decision-making processes. Previously, he was Group Executive, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was responsible for CBA’s financial management framework. Prior to CBA, he was at Credit Suisse as Head of Global Emerging Markets within the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) investment banking practice, where he was in charge of Financial Institutions coverage teams across APAC, CEEMEA and Latin America. Earlier in his career, he held positions at JP Morgan, Barclays, McKinsey & Co and GE Capital.

Daniel Larimer

Chief Technology Officer Blacksburg, VA

Dan is one of the leading innovators, engineers and thought leaders in the blockchain space. He is the co-founder of an array of successful blockchain companies, most notably the decentralized exchange BitShares, the social media network Steemit, and Block.one, publisher of the EOSIO protocol, all of which provide industrial- and enterprise-grade blockchain solutions utilizing the widely-adopted Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) consensus mechanism, which he invented. Recognized as an industry pioneer, Dan is one of the most high-profile figures in the blockchain arena, having garnered a decade’s worth of entrepreneurial and technical experience in the field. At Block.one, he is the lead architect behind the EOSIO software, which is engineered to run highly scalable blockchain applications. He is an alumnus of the Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science, where he currently serves as a guest lecturer and curriculum advisor.

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Daniel Larimer

Chief Technology Officer Blacksburg, VA

Dan is one of the leading innovators, engineers and thought leaders in the blockchain space. He is the co-founder of an array of successful blockchain companies, most notably the decentralized exchange BitShares, the social media network Steemit, and Block.one, publisher of the EOSIO protocol, all of which provide industrial- and enterprise-grade blockchain solutions utilizing the widely-adopted Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) consensus mechanism, which he invented. Recognized as an industry pioneer, Dan is one of the most high-profile figures in the blockchain arena, having garnered a decade’s worth of entrepreneurial and technical experience in the field. At Block.one, he is the lead architect behind the EOSIO software, which is engineered to run highly scalable blockchain applications. He is an alumnus of the Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science, where he currently serves as a guest lecturer and curriculum advisor.

Andrew Bliss

Chief Operating Officer Hong Kong

Andrew is responsible for Block.one’s global business operations and corporate development, including M&A and corporate expansion initiatives. Previously, he was an original member of the founding team, beginning his tenure as CFO. He was critical to the company’s strategic and financial initiatives, such as the development of the EOSIO protocol, company balance sheet management, and the establishment of the company’s venture capital arm. Prior to Block.one, he held numerous financial, operations, and compliance responsibilities, including with global avionics and technology multinational Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL), where he worked for just under a decade across the USA, Australia, and Europe.

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Andrew Bliss

Chief Operating Officer Hong Kong

Andrew is responsible for Block.one’s global business operations and corporate development, including M&A and corporate expansion initiatives. Previously, he was an original member of the founding team, beginning his tenure as CFO. He was critical to the company’s strategic and financial initiatives, such as the development of the EOSIO protocol, company balance sheet management, and the establishment of the company’s venture capital arm. Prior to Block.one, he held numerous financial, operations, and compliance responsibilities, including with global avionics and technology multinational Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL), where he worked for just under a decade across the USA, Australia, and Europe.

Steve Ellis

Chief Financial Officer Hong Kong

Steve leads all aspects of financial control, planning and balance sheet management at Block.one. Prior to joining the company, he was Executive General Manager, Investment Development and Finance Transformation at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was responsible for managing the bank’s strategic investment portfolio, as well as other financial and risk management operations. He also spent time based in the Bank’s Hong Kong office where he held primary management responsibility for the commercial operations and regulatory relations of CBA’s consumer and small business banking businesses in India and Vietnam. Previous to Commonwealth Bank, he was in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse for a decade, having worked in Hong Kong, Australia, USA and New Zealand.

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Steve Ellis

Chief Financial Officer Hong Kong

Steve leads all aspects of financial control, planning and balance sheet management at Block.one. Prior to joining the company, he was Executive General Manager, Investment Development and Finance Transformation at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was responsible for managing the bank’s strategic investment portfolio, as well as other financial and risk management operations. He also spent time based in the Bank’s Hong Kong office where he held primary management responsibility for the commercial operations and regulatory relations of CBA’s consumer and small business banking businesses in India and Vietnam. Previous to Commonwealth Bank, he was in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse for a decade, having worked in Hong Kong, Australia, USA and New Zealand.

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Michael Alexander

Chief Executive Officer, EOS VC Hong Kong

Mike is responsible for managing both direct venture investments and EOS VC partnerships, with a focus on sourcing and investing in projects developing on the EOSIO ecosystem. With more than 25 years of experience in Asia capital markets, Mike is a prominent figure in the financial services in the region. Prior to Block.one, he served as the CEO of Jefferies Group Asia, where he worked for just under eight years. Before joining Jefferies, he was Group Head of Sales and Sales Trading at CLSA Hong Kong, Director of Asian Proprietary Trading at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong, and Head of Proprietary Trading at JPMorgan Hong Kong and Ord Minnett.

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    Michael Alexander

    Chief Executive Officer, EOS VC Hong Kong

    Mike is responsible for managing both direct venture investments and EOS VC partnerships, with a focus on sourcing and investing in projects developing on the EOSIO ecosystem. With more than 25 years of experience in Asia capital markets, Mike is a prominent figure in the financial services in the region. Prior to Block.one, he served as the CEO of Jefferies Group Asia, where he worked for just under eight years. Before joining Jefferies, he was Group Head of Sales and Sales Trading at CLSA Hong Kong, Director of Asian Proprietary Trading at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong, and Head of Proprietary Trading at JPMorgan Hong Kong and Ord Minnett.

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    Kokuei (Guo) Yuan

    Executive Chairman Hong Kong

    Guo is responsible for overseeing Block.one’s financial and management operations. He has more than 20 years of experience as an investment professional and business manager, having previously worked as the president of ii5 Global and as an investment banker at CLSA. Guo is also involved in technology start-ups in both Hong Kong and India, among other business ventures in Asia.

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      Kokuei (Guo) Yuan

      Executive Chairman Hong Kong

      Guo is responsible for overseeing Block.one’s financial and management operations. He has more than 20 years of experience as an investment professional and business manager, having previously worked as the president of ii5 Global and as an investment banker at CLSA. Guo is also involved in technology start-ups in both Hong Kong and India, among other business ventures in Asia.

      Eddie Schwartz

      Chief Information Security Officer Blacksburg, VA

      Eddie is responsible for the strategy and daily direction of Block.one’s global cyber security program. He is a cyber security veteran with a career spanning three decades in the IT and software sectors. He has held numerous executive leadership positions at large-scale corporates and early stage companies, among which include EVP of Cyber Services for DarkMatter, LLC, Chief Operating Officer for the pioneering advertising fraud firm WhiteOps, Inc., VP and Global Leader for Cyber Security Solutions at Verizon, VP and Chief Security Officer for RSA. Eddie has also led global security industry working groups as a member of the International Board of Directors of ISACA and Chairman of ISACA’s Global Cyber Security Taskforce and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Banking Industry Technology Secretariat of the U.S. Financial Services Roundtable.

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      Eddie Schwartz

      Chief Information Security Officer Blacksburg, VA

      Eddie is responsible for the strategy and daily direction of Block.one’s global cyber security program. He is a cyber security veteran with a career spanning three decades in the IT and software sectors. He has held numerous executive leadership positions at large-scale corporates and early stage companies, among which include EVP of Cyber Services for DarkMatter, LLC, Chief Operating Officer for the pioneering advertising fraud firm WhiteOps, Inc., VP and Global Leader for Cyber Security Solutions at Verizon, VP and Chief Security Officer for RSA. Eddie has also led global security industry working groups as a member of the International Board of Directors of ISACA and Chairman of ISACA’s Global Cyber Security Taskforce and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Banking Industry Technology Secretariat of the U.S. Financial Services Roundtable.

      Alex Erasmus

      Chief Legal Officer Hong Kong

      Alex oversees all Block.one’s legal, regulatory and compliance activities. Previously, he was a partner at leading international law firm, Clifford Chance, where he headed its Financial Institutions Group. He has advised many of the world’s pre-eminent banks, insurers and asset managers on corporate, compliance and governance matters. He is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an attorney in the Republic of South Africa.

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        Alex Erasmus

        Chief Legal Officer Hong Kong

        Alex oversees all Block.one’s legal, regulatory and compliance activities. Previously, he was a partner at leading international law firm, Clifford Chance, where he headed its Financial Institutions Group. He has advised many of the world’s pre-eminent banks, insurers and asset managers on corporate, compliance and governance matters. He is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an attorney in the Republic of South Africa.

        James Mendes

        Chief People Officer Hong Kong

        James is responsible for managing the company’s human resources function, as well as designing and implementing culture and talent structures to support the company’s growth. Prior to Block.one, James was Managing Director of Human Resources at Citibank, where he was responsible for driving talent related initiatives and leading the transformation of the function across the Asia-Pacific region and EMEA consumer business. Over the course of his career, James has worked in Europe, Asia and Africa, and has advised and partnered with several of the world’s top brands. Prior to Citibank, he was Managing Director, Asia, at Korn Ferry. He also was a member of the Capital Consulting global board of directors and served as Managing Director, Asia, for Alexander Mann Solutions.

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        James Mendes

        Chief People Officer Hong Kong

        James is responsible for managing the company’s human resources function, as well as designing and implementing culture and talent structures to support the company’s growth. Prior to Block.one, James was Managing Director of Human Resources at Citibank, where he was responsible for driving talent related initiatives and leading the transformation of the function across the Asia-Pacific region and EMEA consumer business. Over the course of his career, James has worked in Europe, Asia and Africa, and has advised and partnered with several of the world’s top brands. Prior to Citibank, he was Managing Director, Asia, at Korn Ferry. He also was a member of the Capital Consulting global board of directors and served as Managing Director, Asia, for Alexander Mann Solutions.