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OneWeb Appoints New CEO, taps Uphold

By | September 7, 2018

Rendition of OneWeb satellite. Photo: OneWeb.

Former Uphold Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adrian Steckel will become then new CEO of OneWeb, one of the world’s largest, satellite-based broadband initiatives. Steckel remains chairman of Uphold. OneWeb aims to provide affordable internet access to people everywhere through a proprietary network of satellites and has secured $1.2 billion in funding led by Softbank. Other investors include Qualcomm, Airbus, Bharti, Intelsat, MDA, Virgin, and Coca-Cola.

Uphold, a global digital money platform that has powered more than $3.5 billion in transactions across 184 countries, revealed that JP Thieriot, co-founder and vice chairman of the company, has been appointed CEO by its board of directors.

The leadership succession comes after two years of rapid growth at Uphold. The blockchain-powered platform has become recognized for offering a widest range of cryptocurrencies and the connectivity with legacy financial systems in its peer group, according to the release. In 2018, a record year commercially for the company, Uphold has posted a string of major achievements as the first major platform to offer Ripple (XRP) and one of the first cryptocurrency companies to reach an agreement to acquire a U.S. broker-dealer and file an application for approval of the change of control and business expansion with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).