Non-Zero, a blockchain startup, has announced the appointment of three key hires – its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). To achieve its goal to launch an ethereum-based blockchain platform and transform the broker-client relationship, it has hired top talent industry professionals.
The new hires are Hadi Kabalan as CEO, Nikhil Kenia as Finance Officer and Marwan Alameddine as CTO. The new leadership team for Non-Zero was assembled by the company’s founders.
Former Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, Kabalan joins the startup with an impressive resume in the finance industry. He has held leadership roles at the private equity firm, Sable Island and XIntegral, a consulting and technology service provider.
After several years as an investor at Blakeney Management, one of the largest institutional investors in Africa and the Middle East, Kabalan became a Managing Director at Otonomos. Here he was responsible for the business operations in EMEA. In 1996 he graduated from Cass Business School in London with a BSc(Hons) in Banking and International Finance. He is also a CFA charter holder.
Non-Zero aims to solve conflicts of interest in the retail brokerage industry
Commenting on the vision of Non-Zero, Hadi Kabalan said: “we’re creating a dynamic that will be positive for the brokerage industry as a whole while attempting to solve some of the conflicts of interest that have crept in over the years.”
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Kenia also joins the Non-Zero team with extensive experience in the finance industry. He is the current Head of Operations at Centroid Solutions, which Non-Zero is sharing the core of its operational and tech team with.
Formerly a Head Fund Accountant at Morgan Stanley, Kenia has seven years of experience with financial data analysis and managing different areas of operations. Kenia graduated from the University of Mumbai with a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction in Accounting). He also holds an MBA in Finance from the N.L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research.
The lastest addition to the team is Alameddine, who will be the CTO of the startup. He is also the CTO of Centroid Solutions and joins the company with more than two decades worth of experience in IT. Previously Alameddine was the technology manager of 514 Capital Partners, which allowed him to become familiar with technology regarding the retail brokerage industry.
Throughout his career, Alameddine has held leadership positions in IT and software development based roles at companies such as eShirt, Extreme Click Ads, Orion Holding Overseas, and Mirage Data Technology Services.
Speaking on his new role, Alameddine commented: “The rapid development of blockchain technology is opening the doors to a brave new world for the retail brokerage industry. The integration of radical transparency into existing technologies opens the door to a better business relationship between brokers and their customers.”