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Welcome, Noah and John

Christopher Grilhault des Fontaines
July 1, 2023
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new CTO and VP of Business Development and Sales.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Noah Cornwell as our Chief Technology Officer and John Conneely as our Vice President of Business Development and Sales. Both Noah and John will bring their extensive expertise in crypto and institutional finance to further advance Dfns as a leading wallet infrastructure and security firm.

“We're excited to welcome Noah as our new CTO and John as our Global VP of Business Development and Sales. Both bring extensive experience and a history of successful leadership in growing cutting-edge blockchain businesses. Having them on board will help us keep building our user- and developer-friendly wallet management platform, all while maintaining best-in-class security and compliance.”
– Clarisse Hagège, CEO of Dfns.

Noah Cornwell

Noah Cornwell, the former Vice President of Engineering at the cryptocurrency exchange and custodian Gemini, joined Dfns as CTO today. He brings almost seven years of experience from Gemini, along with his expertise in financial technology from previous roles at MIK Fund Services and Boston Technologies Inc. As Dfns works on developing new wallet-as-a-service solutions for enterprise and consumer applications in web3, Noah’s thorough knowledge of what financial technology enterprises need will greatly benefit the company's product-led growth.

“Dfns is transforming the digital world as we know it by leveraging the potential of decentralized technologies. I look forward to driving technology strategy, inspiring innovation, and leading a remarkable team dedicated to making it safe and simple for developers to build and launch compliance friendly wallet infrastructure products.”
– Noah Cornwell, CTO of Dfns

John Conneely

John Conneely joins Dfns with more than five years of experience building institutional custody solutions for leading blockchain and crypto companies like Genesis, Bakkt, and DACC. He will leverage his expertise to drive the success of Dfns' existing partnerships and expand into new business opportunities. John plays a key role in challenging the "not your keys, not your crypto" misconception and educating the market on the nuances of digital asset custodianship. He will spearhead the development of new partnerships, further expanding Dfns' client base in the US.

“Digital asset wallets have evolved significantly over the past 6 years, however there are still significant gaps that need to be addressed if as an industry we look to on board the next billion plus crypto users. Dfns, with its industry leading MPC technology as well as innovative and programmable APIs, are laser focused in helping banks, trading apps, payment solutions and more, in abstracting away all the complexities of key management so that our clients can focus on what matters most, user experience.”
– John Conneely, VP Business Development of Dfns