Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange appoints new CEO

Kurt Looyens, former Country Executive for ABN AMRO Bank Spain, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), the regulated and insured digital asset exchange and token sale platform with institutional-grade practices. 

As the current Head of Business Development for GBX, Kurt takes over from Nick Cowan, who maintains his position of CEO of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) & GSX Group. Kurt holds extensive experience in the banking and traditional financial spheres, with an exceptional career within ABN AMRO, including the role of Country Executive Spain and Chief Strategist & Global Head of Business Development within the International Diamond and Jewellery Group of ABN AMRO.

Kurt begins his appointment on the back of the GBX receiving its full Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) in November 2018. Since the start of the year, GBX has listed a wide range of new tokens, Stablecoins, and additional fiat pairings. Commenting on the announcement, and the current position of the GSX Group, Kurt said:

“I am excited to take the reigns of the GBX as we embark on an exciting new phase of development. This is a very interesting period for the wider GSX Group, following last week’s announcement that the GSX Global Market (GSX GM) will now offer the listing of digital debt and digital fund securities on its multilateral trading facility (MTF). My experience building up regional businesses with ABN AMRO Bank, coupled with my in-depth knowledge of financial solutions for a global audience has prepared me to drive the GBX forward as a world-leading digital asset exchange.”