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Leadership perspectives: An interview with Bitstamp CEO Julian Sawyer

3/29/2021 Guy Shaul

In this video, Heidrick & Struggles’ Guy Shaul speaks to Julian Sawyer, CEO of Bitstamp, a bitcoin exchange based in Luxembourg and the world’s longest standing crypto exchange. Sawyer discusses the accelerating pace of change in the digital assets and digital finance space and how it has impacted the demands for talent and on the leadership teams in the sector. Sawyer also shares his perspective on the different dynamics between the institutional and retail sides of the sector, as well as the skills that are becoming increasingly critical for a business to be successful and the best way to attract non-native talent to the space.

Guy Shaul ( is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of the Financial Services and the Specialty practices with a focus on cybersecurity.