Zilliqa Taps Former President of Cboe Europe Mark Hemsley as Chairman of the Board

Hemsley joins Zilliqa’s board as the blockchain protocol prepares to transition into a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus model.
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Quick take:

  • Mark Hemsley was the President of Cboe Europe and Executive Vice President of Cboe Global Markets.
  • Hemsley joined Cboe following its acquisition of BATS Europe in 2017.
  • He was a founding employee of BATS Europe in 2008 where he served as CEO.

Zilliqa Research Pte. Ltd, the developers of the Zilliqa blockchain, today announced the appointment of Mark Hemsley as the company’s Chairman of the Board.

Hemsley joins the board of Zilliqa Research as the company’s Layer-1 blockchain protocol prepares to transition into Zilliqa 2.0, a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus model designed to make the platform more cost-effective and energy-efficient. 

Prior to joining Zilliqa’s board, Hemsley had an illustrious corporate career in finance, highlighted by a three-year tenure in exchange holding companies as President of Cboe Europe and Executive Vice President of Cboe Global Markets, Inc. Hemsley joined Cboe following the Chicago-based company’s acquisition of BATS Europe in 2017 – an organisation he was a founding employee of in 2008 and where he served as CEO. 

During his time at BATS Europe, Hemsley spearheaded the acquisition and integration of Chi-X Europe, a move which established BATS Europe as a major equities exchange operator on the continent.

After retiring from Cboe in February 2020, Hemsley joined global financial services firm TP ICAP as a non-Executive director – a role which he still presently holds. The firm provides comprehensive analysis and insight into the financial, energy and commodities market conditions and long-term trends. Hemsley also serves as a corporate advisor to various companies, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“I feel very privileged to be joining the Zilliqa board at such an exciting time, both for the business and for the broader blockchain industry. As blockchain technology continues to mature and become an increasingly important component of businesses, regardless of size or sector, the opportunity to play a role in shaping its future with Zilliqa was one that was too good to pass up,” Hemsley commented on his new appointment. “I look forward to joining the rest of the Zilliqa team and helping to guide the business through the transitionary period to Zilliqa 2.0, ensuring that we are in the best position to capitalise on all of the new opportunities this represents.”

Zilliqa recently made its foray into the blockchain gaming space with Web3War, a first-person shooter Web3 game announced in August. The following month, Zilliqa made another play for the gaming market after introducing its own Web3 game console, which will become the company’s gaming hub.

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