Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange Appoints Kurt Looyens As New CEO

Job Appointments | April 18, 2019 By:

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) has appointed Kurt Looyens as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Looyens takes over from Nick Cowan, who maintains his position of CEO of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) and GSX Group.

Looyens, previously the Head of Business Development at GBX, holds extensive experience in the banking and traditional financial spheres, with an exceptional career within ABN AMRO, including the role of Country Executive Spain and Chief Strategist & Global Head of Business Development within the International Diamond and Jewellery Group of ABN AMRO.

The GBX will benefit from the experience and professionalism that Kurt provides, as the exchange continues to progress, in enhancing the user experience and institutional-grade best practices as part of a wider, global, FinTech ecosystem within the GSX Group.

Looyens said that his experience building up regional businesses with ABN AMRO Bank, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of financial solutions for a global audience has prepared him to drive the GBX forward as a world-leading digital asset exchange.

“GBX and GSX have played a prominent role in Gibraltar’s emergence as a thriving blockchain hub. Part of this success has stemmed from building a strong sense of trust within our community, recognizing the needs and expectations of traders and putting them first,” said Looyens. “Broadening the reach of blockchain technology and digital assets to as many users as possible has always been at the heart of our efforts and I look forward to leading the next chapter of success for the GBX.”

The incumbent CEO of the GBX, Nick Cowan, will continue to focus on the development of the GSX Group and Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX), which is utilizing the proprietary blockchain technology of the STACS Network. Cowan commented, on the new appointment, stating:

“We are pleased to have Kurt transition into the position of CEO of the GBX, following a very successful spell as Head of Business Development. His vast experience in finance, business development, and regulatory matters will provide the GBX with essential leadership to cement its position as a leading digital asset exchange. Kurt shares the overarching vision for the close interaction between the GSX and the GBX, with both entities working in tandem to capture the spirit of collaboration that has fuelled Gibraltar’s pursuit of blockchain innovation.”