Heather Russell, the 20-year corporate veteran will become the new Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President on June 4th,2018 of TransUnion. Ms. Russell has been a leader throughout her impressive professional career and brings with her the wisdom that can only be achieved from years of experience in the field. Heather began her academic career earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology from The College of William and Mary in 1993. In 1994 Heather earned her Doctor of Law (JD) from the American University, Washington College Law.
According to Wikipedia, after school, Heather began blazing her way through the corporate world starting in 1997 as a Law Clerk at The Honorable Claude M. Hilton, Chief Judge, US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. By 1998, Russell would spend almost eight years as a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Associates. From Skadden, Heather Russell moved on to Bank of America where she was as Associate General Counsel for 5 years. In 2011, Heather would become the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank for only a year. In 2016, Heather became a Partner at Buckley Sandler LLP. At Buckley, Russell was responsible for Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervisor and Technology (FIRST) before coming onboard TransUnion.
As the new CLO and Executive VP of TransUnion, Heather Russell will be responsible for the day to day business activities that ensure data privacy and security, all regulatory related issues and compliance, mergers and acquisition and FinTech as well as government regulations and other legal matters. Follow Heather on Twitter.
More details: https://www.bu.edu/law/profile/heather-russell/
Jed McCaleb, the programmer, is making some bold predictions with regards to blockchain technology. The tech and finance entrepreneur helped create the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. It was one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. McCaleb eventually sold off his share in the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. After he left, the exchange suffered a massive hack, which had left it in bankruptcy and ruins.
Today, Jed McCaleb is working at a financial technology company called Stellar. He serves as the chief technology officer there due to his strong technological background when it comes to finances. The company is trying to develop a virtual network that can process cryptocurrency transactions across borders.
Mr. McCaleb firmly believes that there will be a global online payments system sometime in the future. This system will be powered by blockchain technology he says. The blockchain technology will act as a sort of public ledger. This will assure people that the value in these exchanges and cryptocurrencies is real. A public ledger in accounting is a record of transactions that assure people that there is money or assets in a company.
In an article from the Global Coin Report, McCaleb says that the new online payments system will be compatible with the various currencies we use right now. A trader or investor should be able to see the value of a transaction in either euros, dollars or whatever currency they may use in their country.
The company that Jed McCaleb is now working for is trying to improve and develop such a novel idea. Its network is said to be able to complete transactions in about five seconds. This is a whole lot faster than Bitcoin transaction rates. Money can even be exchanged into major currencies such as US dollars and euros. Companies such as International Business Machines have already started using Stellar’s online payment network to deal with financial institutions.
Another bold prediction by Jed McCaleb is that he thinks that assets such as stocks and even bonds can become fully digitized like cryptocurrencies. Many stocks are already issued without certificates and so are bonds. It would no doubt be interesting if blockchain can be used to trade and sell stocks and bonds on the stock and bond markets in the future. Check out more facts about McCaleb on Bloomberg.
Related post: https://cointelegraph.com/tags/jed-mccaleb
Heather Russell is beginning a new job.
The former employee of Buckley Sandler, LLP, says that she is thrilled to be starting with such a revolutionary company.
Russell says that TransUnion has been innovative in providing great financial products and services to consumers, and she is excited to bring her 20 years’ experience and expertise to the TransUnion Family.
The title of Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer will be hers starting on June 4th.
Russell will be replacing John Blenke, TransUnion’s current Executive Vice President, who is set to retire this year.
Heather Russell has multiple degrees under her belt that make her more than equipped for such a role. These degrees include
- A B.A. from the College of William and Mary
- A J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law
The 20 years’ experience that she has in the financial services sector was gained from having positions in a few different companies. These companies include
- Bank of America
- Bank of New York Mellon
- Skadden, Arps
- Fifth Third Bank
According to bu.edu, Russell held leadership positions in each of these companies. Those leadership positions allowed her to sharpen her skills as a supervisor and has helped her to reach her new position with TransUnion.
Russell’s colleagues are proud to have her on board.
Jim Peck, the President of TransUnion, is quoted as saying that he is “confident” in Russell’s experience and expertise and knows without a shadow of a doubt that she has what it takes to help the company reach new heights.
Learn more about Russell on Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/19351665-heather-russell
Jed McCaleb is an innovative programmer and expert in blockchain technology. His unique ideas have benefited nearly every company he has worked with. Now he is the CTO of Stellar, a blockchain company that brings financial services to the disadvantaged countries of the world.
Jed McCaleb was working on Mt. Gox, a trading platform for gamers, when he first heard about Bitcoin. Immediately, motive shifted at Mt. Gox; McCaleb transformed the company from video game marketplace to global Bitcoin trading network. By the time McCaleb sold the company, Mt. Gox accounted for nearly 80 percent of all Bitcoin transactions.
His drive to make innovation resulted in him creating Stellar, where he expanded on the capabilities of blockchain to create the Stellar Protocol. The Stellar Protocol is superior to other blockchain companies in some very meaningful ways. Stellar can handle transactions much faster than Bitcoin, and it also does much less work. Jed McCaleb realized that Bitcoin mining was a huge waste of resources so he removed this from Stellar. Stellar operates with less nodes than other blockchain companies as well.
Stellar believes that the future of blockchain is with financial institutions and banks; many others believe the future lies with video games or consumer purchasing. Stellar is already active in Europe and Asia, in dozens of countries. Stellar works within these countries to bring financial services to communities that previously had no banking options.
As the blockchain world changes private networks are becoming less common. “There has been a shift away from the private chain idea,” McCaleb said. “If you are going to have a private chain, you may as well just have a database.” Stellar’s technology allows for any customer to set up their own public node and use it the way they see fit. Each node is verified by Stellar to have a limited number of clients it listens to. If a illegitimate node is created, it has no authorization to operate; this makes all efforts from hackers frivolous.
Jed McCaleb has been teasing a new deal between Stellar and a major organization. Although McCaleb refused to announce the name of this organization, he did say that the partnership opened up pathways for Stellar to become a true global entity.
In today’s music world digital streaming is the driving force for sales in the industry. In 2016 streaming took first place as the leading source of revenue in the music industry. It was the largest sales increase since 1998. Sales rose 11.4%, rising double-digits for the first time in years to $7.65 billion. The power digital players include the traditional record labels, streaming services, music publishers, social media platforms and others. As a combined force, they including Desiree Perez of TIDAL are shaping the music industry as it embraces change. They are establishing rules for dealing with data management, fair payment to artists and emerging business models.
- Spotify’s Chief Content Officer. Stefan Blom gained 60,000 new users since July, 2017. Up to 140 million register paying users.
- Steve Boom, VP Amazon Music. Steve Bloom has taken Amazon after three years from simply being a retailer to a leading music streaming service.
- Lindsey Pearl, the Head of Digital Marketing, Original Content, Apple Music. Pearl joined Apple Music in January, 2017 and has cemented allegiance of Apple’s subscribers with content like Carpool Karaoke: the Series and an extended preview of the Will Smith episode.
- This list includes, Artists, Music Labels, Social Media, Distributors, Industry Associations and performing rights groups.
TIDAL’s Desiree Perez is its Chief Operating Officer. TIDAL has advanced forward with its recent partnerships. Sprint bought 33% of TIDAL in January, 2017 for a reported $200 million which made TIDAL streaming available to 45 million Sprint customers. Desiree and Jay-Z made a great move at the release of his new album 4:44. They offered an exclusive to TIDAL and Sprint customers. On June 30, they were included in a limited rollout along with Billboard 200. Desiree Perez upped the having TIDAL offer tickets to Jay-Z’s new tour under his new $200 million deal with Live Nation. Now, Jay-Z and Desiree Perez are solidifying TIDAL’s position with the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer for TIDAL in August, 2017, former senior executive of Sony and Kobalt, Richard Sanders.
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