Zodia Custody names Julian Sawyer as its new CEO
Zodia, an institutional cryptocurrency custody firm backed by Standard Chartered and Northern Trust, has appointed Julian Sawyer as its new CEO.
Succeeding Maxime de Guillebon, who served as Zodia’s CEO from 2020, Sawyer brings more than three decades’ worth of experience to his new role, where he will be tasked with driving growth.
Armed with experience in digital assets and fintech businesses, in his previous role Sawyer worked as CEO of global cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp from 2020 to 2022.
Prior to that, he worked as managing director of Europe for Gemini, a digital asset exchange and custodian for individuals and businesses. Sawyer was also the co-founder of UK challenger Starling Bank, and worked as its chief operating officer (COO) from 2015 to 2019.
Founded in 2020, Zodia Custody is headquartered in London and provides custody for crypto assets allowing institutions to invest “safely” in the emerging asset class. The firm is a joint venture between Standard Chartered and Northern Trust and is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).