Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – October 5, 2021) – HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: HIVE) (NASDAQ: HIVE) (FSE: HBF) (the “Company” or “HIVE”) is pleased to announce that Diana Biggs, CEO of Valour Inc. (“Valour”) and incoming Chief Strategy Officer of DeFi Technologies, has joined the board of directors of HIVE Blockchain Switzerland AG (“HIVE Switzerland”). Diana will join recently appointed HIVE Sweden president and board member Johanna Thornblad on the board of HIVE Switzerland.
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Diana is a seasoned executive who brings deep experience in digital assets, technology, and financial services. She is Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where she guest lectures on digital assets and blockchain technology. Prior to joining Valour, she was Global Head of Innovation for HSBC Private Banking. Prior roles include VP, Head of Growth and Partnerships at Uphold, Chief Strategy Officer of Soko and Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman Financial Services.
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Diana is passionate about using technology for building inclusive and sustainable financial services through decentralized networks. She was appointed CEO of Valour, a division of DeFi Technologies in November 2020. Valour offers exchange-traded products that allow investors to take concentrated positions in defi project tokens through a traditional brokerage account, with low or no management fees.
Valour currently offers ETNs in Europe that allow investors to gain exposure to digital assets including Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), Ethereum (ETH), Polkadot (DOT), and Bitcoin (BTC). In September Valour surpassed $200M USD in assets under management, up 2,000% in 2021.
HIVE’s Strategic Investment in DeFi Technologies
In April of 2021, HIVE completed a share swap transaction with DeFi Technologies, giving HIVE approximately 5% ownership of DeFi Technologies in exchange for approximately 1% of HIVE shares.
HIVE Executive Chairman Frank Holmes welcomed Diana to the HIVE Switzerland board, saying, “We’re thrilled to have Diana on board. She brings deep DeFi experience to the table and will be instrumental in helping to guide our future efforts in this exciting space.”
Diana echoed Frank’s sentiment, saying, “I’m excited to further our partnership with HIVE, while working closely with Johanna on future opportunities in the DeFi space.”
About HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. went public in 2017 as the first cryptocurrency mining company with a green energy and ESG strategy.
HIVE is a growth-oriented technology stock in the emergent blockchain industry. As a company whose shares trade on a major stock exchange, we are building a bridge between the digital currency and blockchain sector and traditional capital markets. HIVE owns state-of-the-art, green energy-powered data centre facilities in Canada, Sweden, and Iceland, where we source only green energy to mine on the cloud and HODL both Ethereum and Bitcoin. Since the beginning of 2021, HIVE has held in secure storage the majority of its ETH and BTC coin mining rewards. Our shares provide investors with exposure to the operating margins of digital currency mining, as well as a portfolio of cryptocurrencies such as ETH and BTC. Because HIVE also owns hard assets such as data centers and advanced multi-use servers, we believe our shares offer investors an attractive way to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency space. HIVE traded over 2 billion shares in 2020.
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