Cobalt Appoints Former Traiana Exec as Global Head of Sales

Anoushka Rayner joins the blockchain firm after two years in Traiana's New York office.

This Thursday, post-trade services provider Cobalt announced that it has appointed Anoushka Rayner (nee Hampton) as Global Head of Sales and Business Development.

According to Cobalt, Rayner will be “responsible for managing Cobalt’s commercial relationships and will play a key role in scaling up the business as it gets ready for its launch later this year.”

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Rayner joins Cobalt from Traiana – a subsidiary of NEX that provides an array of different pre and post-trade services to financial institutions.

Based in the firm’s New York office, Rayner worked as a Global FX Sales Specialist for the company. And she won’t be the only ex-Traiana executive at her new company either.

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Anoushka Rayner, Cobalt Global Head of Sales
Anoushka Rayner – Cobalt’s new Global Head of Sales

Andrew Coyne, who co-founded the blockchain-based technology provider in 2015, was the CEO of Traiana from 2012 to 2015. Given that she joined Traiana in 2016, Rayner’s appointment is unlikely to be a case of one colleague following another to a new company.

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Prior to working for Traiana, Rayner worked for a short period of time as a Sales Director for smartTrade Technologies.

More notably, she was Global Head of FX Option Sales at FXCMPro – the broker’s institutional service – from 2010 to 2014. She also worked for a number of years as the company’s Head of Spot FX Sales.

Rayner also has an array of experience in the institutional space having started her career over 20 years ago on HSBC’s FX Prop Desk. After leaving the banking giant, she then moved on to join UBS, working for four years on the Swiss bank’s FX Spot Desk.

Darren Coote, who was appointed as a Managing Director by Cobalt in September, welcomed Rayner to her new company on Thursday.

“We are very pleased to welcome Anoushka to our ranks as we work towards re-engineering the largest and most liquid financial market in the world,” he said. “She brings a wealth of experience and contacts to Cobalt and is a key part of our plans as we prepare to launch later this year.”

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