Swisscom’s blockchain head departs to become Crypto Valley Association president

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Daniel Haudenschild, the chief executive officer of Swisscom Blockchain, has left the telecommunications provider and is taking up a new role at the Crypto Valley Association (CVA).

A press release dated January 30 confirmed Haudenschild’s departure, with Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Swisscom chief digital officer and head of digital business, taking over with immediate effect.

No reason was given by Swisscom originally as to Haudenschild’s move or any future moves. Yet a release from the CVA, dated February 1, confirmed Haudenschild had been elected as board president of the Swiss-based blockchain ecosystem and directory.

Speaking to swissinfo.ch, Haudenschild stressed the importance of continuing to build bridges and market Switzerland’s crypto expertise. “We need to keep Switzerland right at the vanguard of being the best place to do business,” he said. “If we don’t do that, capital and talent have legs, and we already see it seeping out.”

The positions at the CVA had been made available after four board members announced in November they were not planning to stand for re-election. Oliver Bussmann, Vasily Suvorov, René Hüsler and Nicolas Schobinger said in a joint statement that a “phase of renewal and re-invigoration… with new board members to take the helm” was necessary for the association.

For Swisscom’s part, the operator put on record its gratitude to Haudenschild for his work in building up its blockchain arm, with customers including Raiffeisenbank and Falcon Bank on board. As this publication previously reported in December, proposed plans between Swiss Post and Swisscom to develop a ‘national’ blockchain would see utilities ‘playing an important role’ by ‘acting as blockchain gatekeepers.’

“Daniel Haudenschild and his team laid the foundations for Swisscom Blockchain Ltd.,” said Wüthrich-Hasenböhler in a statement. “Thanks to his broad understanding of the technology, he made blockchain-based solutions accessible to other companies.”

Read more: Is the proposed Swiss blockchain more secure than Bitcoin?

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