London, UK, 19/04/2023
Copper.co, a leading provider of institutional digital asset custody, collateral management and settlement solutions, today announced the appointments of Stefano Maestri as Chief Technology Officer, Sam Goh as Chief Financial Officer and Sam Brown as General Counsel. These appointments are effective immediately.
Stefano has over 25 years’ experience working in building technology divisions, specializing in capital markets. Prior to joining Copper, Stefano was Chief Technology Officer at Clarivate, overseeing a period of rapid growth through a series of large acquisitions and significant technology integrations. Before Clarivate, Stefano spent 12 years at IHGS Markit as Chief Technology Officer for the financial services division of the company.
Sam Goh joins Copper from his previous position as Senior Vice President, Finance, at Onfido, the AI-based digital identity company. Prior to Onfido, Sam held senior leadership positions at global telecoms firm Lebara, helping drive global growth to more than $1 billion turnover and contributing towards the successful exit to a private equity firm. A leading strategic and commercial finance executive, Sam is highly experienced in developing infrastructure to help fast-growth companies form robust business practices, powered by developing high performing teams.
Sam Brown, who has been Acting General Counsel since February 2023, is now confirmed as General Counsel. He joined Copper in June 2022 as Head of Product Legal. Sam possesses extensive high-level legal buy and sell side financial services experience having previously worked at Coinbase, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Investment Bank.
Further to the above appointments, Copper recently appointed Sascha Rangoonwala, previously Country Manager Germany at Coinbase, as Managing Director, EMEA, and promoted Mike Roberts, who joined Copper along with his team from BAML in March 2022, to Global Head of Sales. In January Copper announced the appointment of Lord (Philip) Hammond of Runnymede, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, as Chair.
Last month Copper announced a strategic realignment focused on its custody, collateral management and settlement solutions and its fast-growing off-exchange trading and settlement network ClearLoop.
Dmitry Tokarev, Chief Executive Officer, Copper, said: “With these hires, Copper is now in an even stronger position to fully capitalise on the innovation and opportunities within the digital assets space. These appointments bring with them a wealth of experience in high- growth companies and will enable Copper to further develop our core product offerings and strengthen the scalability of the business.
“Following the appointment of Lord Hammond as Chair at the beginning of the year, I am thrilled that Copper continues to attract best-in-class talent from across the financial and technology sectors.”
Stefan Maestri, Chief Technology Officer, Copper, said: “I am hugely impressed by the leadership team and the transformational growth opportunity for the business. I believe that Copper is poised to become the leading linchpin for wider capital markets adoption of digital assets and can’t wait to further enable our technology to support the optimisation and reconfiguration of traditional finance post-trade workflows.”
Sam Goh, Chief Financial Officer, Copper, said: “I am excited to join Copper as Chief Financial Officer and be part of the team setting the standard in the digital assets’ custody and prime solutions space. I share Copper’s philosophy that institutional digital asset adoption is poised for exponential growth in the near future and look forward to Copper being at the forefront of this movement.”
Sam Brown, General Counsel, Copper, said: “Having enjoyed my time as Acting General Counsel, I am delighted to assume the role on a permanent basis. At such a critical time both for regulators and market participants across global crypto markets, I look forward to help further advance Copper’s role within the rapidly-evolving digital assets landscape.”
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