Jesse Lund, IBM’s global head of blockchain and financial services, is no longer working for IBM, the company confirmed.
A spokesperson for IBM confirmed Lund’s departure via an email to CoinDesk:
“I can confirm that Jesse Lund is no longer employed by IBM. IBM’s practice is not to discuss the specifics of employee departures.”
Lund harbored an ambitious plan to bring cryptocurrency into the enterprise world and also to explore stablecoins and central bank digital currency.
He spearheaded IBM’s World Wire payment network which used the Steller blockchain to help banks remove pain points from cross border payments. Lund, who previously a senior vice president of innovation at Wells Fargo, had enticed six banks onto the World Wire platform including Philippines-based RCBC, Brazil’s Banco Bradesco, and Bank Busan of South Korea.
The World Wire platform has payment locations in 72 countries, with 48 currencies and 46 “banking endpoints” (which include banks and money transmitters) where people can send or receive cash, said IBM back in March of this year
Prior to joining IBM, from mid-2015 to the start of 2017, Lund was part of the executive steering committee of DLT provider R3, where he helped build partnerships, and represented Wells Fargo’s interests on R3’s growing Corda platform.
Asked if Lund’s departure would affect the Stellar/ World Wire partnership, Jed McCaleb, co-founder of Stellar told CoinDesk:
“No, we are still full steam ahead with World Wire.”
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