Klaytn’s Former Global Head David Shin Joins Immutable as APAC Head of Business Development

David Shin will be helping game studios and developers across APAC and EMEA integrate web3 functionality.

Quick take:

  • David Shin joins Immutable from Klaytn. 
  • He will also serve as interim Head for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region.
  • In his new role, Shin will focus on onboarding game studios and developers across APAC and EMEA.

Web3 gaming company, Immutable, has appointed David Shin as the new head of business development for Asia-Pacific (APAC), in addition to serving as interim Head for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region.

Shin joins Immutable from Klaytn, where he was responsible for pivoting Klaytn’s growth strategy to focus on gaming and the metaverse. His departure from Klaytn was announced last week.

In his new role, Shin will grow Immutable’s presence and focus on onboarding game studios and developers across APAC and EMEA. As an active community builder who has helped set up non-profit organisations in Asia, he can help Immutable ensure that the company is properly engaging with local and regional entities as well as officials when it comes to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

“David’s extensive experience in the sector and his deep understanding of the region have made him the perfect candidate to lead Immutable’s business development efforts in the APAC and EMEA regions. We are proud to welcome him to the ever-growing Immutable team,” Andrew Sorokovsky, VP of Global Business Development, ImmutableX.

As a former banker, Shin most recently worked for TD Bank as its Asia Head of Global Equity Derivatives and Repo Sales. He was the key crypto expert at TD, working with senior management to develop the bank’s strategy on digital assets.

After more than 15 years in the banking industry, Shin left in 2019 to join Bitcoin.com as its head of exchange, followed by a role as a founding member and head of TZ APAC, a Singapore-based team focused on the adoption of the Tezos blockchain across the Asia-Pacific region.

In the second half of 2021, after successfully building TZ APAC out in Asia, Shin decided to leave Tezos to set up and head the Klaytn Global Group to build adoption and utility of the Klaytn blockchain across developer, retail, and enterprise groups around the world.

Overall, Shin has spent the past 10 years actively participating and helping build the ecosystem within the crypto and blockchain space while being involved in the global financial markets in Asia for almost two decades in total.

“Today, Asia is one of the most active regions when it comes to the adoption of web3 and blockchain technologies in general, so having spent years and years working in these markets, it is extremely exciting for me to join Immutable — a leader in web3 gaming that constantly strives to be at the forefront of innovation and inclusion,” Shin said.


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