Jim Messina, one of Barack Obama’s closest aides during his administration in the United States, has joined the popular cryptocurrency platform Blockchain.Com as an executive. The seasoned politician is in charge of the firm’s government contacts and policy strategy.
Lane Kasselman, CEO of Blockchain.Com, said in a recent interview with CNBC that Jim Messina joined the business in 2021. He is a significant consultant on the firm’s government relations as it prepares to develop worldwide and improve its footprint in Europe.
Messina, according to Kasselman, is a significant player in the organization who frequently advises the team on lobbying strategies. The CEO stated that he is responsible for most of Blockchain.Com’s success in Europe and the United States:
“You can say that we are probably one of the most prolific companies when it comes to public policy engagement related to crypto globally, certainly in the US and western Europe. That’s a direct result of Jim and his guidance on that front.”
Kasselman also disclosed that his firm had some troubles with European Parliament members since they were discussing making non-custodial wallets illegal. Messina was able to persuade them to alter their minds after extensive negotiations:
“It’s core to our business belief that we should give people control of their assets and protect it from all other potential interference. And Jim really made us think through “what is that argument, what’s going to work in Brussels?”
And as a result of his counsel, having worked with heads of state across Europe for years, we crafted, I don’t want to call it a campaign but sort of an argument that we went in and met with some of the Ministers and won.”
Messina has counseled various famous politicians during his career and has been dubbed “The Obama White House’s Fixer” by the media. Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Italy’s previous PM Matteo Renzi, and ex-Argentine President Mauricio Macri are among them.
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