Blythe Masters is CEO of Digital Asset, the NY-based distributed ledger solutions provider for financial services and other institutions. The company’s distributed ledger platform and smart contract modeling language, called DAML, help global organizations build applications that facilitate the simple, efficient and secure transfer of value within and between organizations.
Blythe is Chair of the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project, serves on the boards of Santander Group, the U.S. Chamber of Digital Commerce, ID2020 and the Global Fund for Women.
Blythe was previously a senior executive at J.P. Morgan, which she left in 2014 after 27 years and following the sale of the bank’s physical commodities business, which she built. She was a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and the firm's Executive Committee and held a variety of executive roles including head of Global Commodities, Head of Corporate & Investment Bank’s Regulatory Affairs, CFO of the Investment Bank, Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy and Head of ABS and Structured Credit Products.
Blythe is also former Board Chair of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and Susan G Komen Greater NYC Affiliate.
Cliff Richards was appointed Executive General Manager for Equity Post-Trade Services in 2015. He is responsible for the post-trade business development and underlying CHESS system at ASX.
Cliff is also leading the world's first project to replace the national financial market infrastructure (CHESS) with distributed ledger technology (DLT) – also known as Blockchain.
Cliff has more than 20 years financial services experience as a capital markets and technology executive with strategy, design, development and management expertise.
Prior to ASX, Cliff held a number of senior management roles at NAB, Macquarie and other capital markets service providers and has driven technology-enabled change to innovate, automate and democratise access to financial services.
Ms Melinda Conrad was appointed a director of ASX in August 2016.
She has over 20 years’ experience in business strategy and marketing, and brings skills and insights as an executive and director from a range of industries, including retail, financial services and healthcare.
Ms Conrad has been a strategy and marketing adviser, an executive with Colgate-Palmolive, and founded and managed a retail business.
She was appointed a director of Stockland Corporation Limited and Stockland Trust in May 2018, Caltex Australia Limited in March 2017 and OFX Group Limited (formerly OzForex Group) in September 2013. Ms Conrad’s previous appointments include a director of David Jones Limited between July 2013 and August 2014, APN News and Media Limited between January 2012 and February 2013, and Reject Shop Limited between August 2011 and June 2017.
Ms Conrad is also a director of the Centre for Independent Studies and the George Institute for Global Health, and a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel.
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