R3 adds former bitcoin exchange executive to research lab

Announcements | October 12, 2016 By:

Former itBit client group director Antony Lewis is joining R3 blockchain consortium as director of the lab and research center in Singapore.

Lewis will bring his deep knowledge and expertise to the startup. After working in Barclays and Credit Suisse, he joined itBit as Institutional Client Group Director and worked in varied roles including product management, business development, operations, as well as sales to businesses and consumers, and account management. In addition, he is also a mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech.

Notably, the move comes amid a larger bid by R3 to bolster its presence in Asia amid an uptick in interest from enterprise firms.

R3 has, in recent months, notably started to include Asian financial institutions among its member ranks. China’s second largest insurer, the Ping An Group joined R3 in May 2016 followed by R3’s second Chinese member in China Merchants Bank, last month. Hong Kong-based life insurance giant AIA also joined the blockchain consortium in mid-2016.