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The Algorand Foundation Appoints Deirdre Halligan as Chief Operating Officer

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Former Revolut Executive brings strategic expertise and deep experience in multi-jurisdictional operations and global market expansion

SINGAPORE, September 7, 2022 -- The Algorand Foundation, whose mission is to empower the ecosystem of Algorand, the carbon-negative Layer 1 blockchain invented by Turing Award winner and MIT professor Silvio Micali, today announced the appointment of Deirdre Halligan as Chief Operating Officer.

Halligan’s focus as COO of the Foundation will be to manage its activities across multiple jurisdictions and to ensure that it has the operational wherewithal to support the expanding activities of the foundation and those of the ecosystem as a whole. Core to this goal will be pursuing entry into new markets and working closely with regulators to spur mass adoption of the Algorand blockchain.

“I’ve always sought work with bleeding-edge technologists/disruptors, and Algorand is the blockchain with the requisite speed, security, and low carbon footprint to deliver financial innovation at a global scale. The Algorand Foundation plays a vital role in empowering a vibrant ecosystem of builders and investors, and it will be my job to ensure that we work as effectively as possible for our community.”

-Deirdre Halligan, Chief Operating Officer, Algorand Foundation.

Halligan has a long, successful career in fintech and blockchain, leading global expansion initiatives and working with licensing and regulatory bodies for new market expansion. She comes from financial superapp Revolut, where she served as a member of the Group Executive team as the Head of Global Affairs and Wealth and Trading, as well as Chairperson and COO of Revolut Securities UAB. Before that, she served as COO for both crypto exchange Coinbase Ireland, and SaaS e-commerce technology company eDesk.

Halligan will report directly to CEO Staci Warden, who said,

“The Algorand Foundation is laser-focused on promoting the global expansion of our ecosystem to solve problems at scale, and Deirdre brings both the operational expertise and strategic focus we need to deliver on our mission.”

After joining the Algorand Foundation as CEO in January, Warden pledged to build a best-in-class leadership team. Halligan’s appointment follows the appointments of John Woods as Chief Technology Officer, and Eric Wragge as Global Head of Business Development and Capital Markets.

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