Association for Digital Asset Markets appoints new CEO
The Association for Digital Asset Markets (ADAM) has appointed Michelle Bond as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Bond will focus on broadening and deepening ADAM’s role as the industry leader in developing best practices to boost market integrity and foster fair and orderly conduct in the digital asset marketplace.
“ADAM is focused on bridging the gap between firms in digital asset markets and regulators. We look forward to Michelle leveraging her expertise to guide us through a rapidly changing landscape, grow our membership, and launch exciting new strategic initiatives that help our members stay ahead of breaking developments in digital asset regulation,” says Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital.
Serving in both the public and private sectors, Bond brings with her a wealth of strategic, regulatory, and legal experience. Most recently, she served as the global head of policy and regulatory affairs at two fintech companies, where she developed and executed global regulatory strategy for digital assets, blockchain, global payments, and fintech. Bond has engaged directly with global regulators, legislators, and industry associations, in addition to overseeing teams of attorneys and regulatory affairs professionals. Bond also worked at Bloomberg LP as head of global regulatory affairs, and she is an expert in securities, derivatives, banking, and fintech regulation.
Before joining the private sector, Bond served as senior counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and worked on implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, with a specific focus on securities and derivatives regulations, the Volcker Rule, and banking and fintech issues. Bond was also a subject matter expert on the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for the Dodd-Frank Act and its technical corrections bill, as well as the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). In her capacity as Banking Committee counsel, Bond wrote legislation that was enacted into law and oversaw the federal financial regulatory agencies. Bond launched her legal career at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) before practicing law at Hogan Lovells and WilmerHale.
“Michelle’s significant experience at the highest levels of government and private industry will ensure that ADAM is well positioned as the leading voice with regulators and policymakers. Our Code of Conduct was the first step in bringing high-quality industry leaders together to shape the future of the digital asset marketplace, and Michelle brings a comprehensive skill set to ADAM that will serve our organisation extremely well,” says Brad Vopni, Head of Digital Assets at Hudson River Trading.
“As the digital asset market continues to evolve, it will become increasingly important for high-integrity market participants to contribute to shaping policy solutions and industry best practices. Michelle has a strong background in the financial services industry across both public and private sectors. She is well-suited to bring participants together across the digital asset ecosystem to work through important issues for our industry, and to serve as a leading voice with regulators and policymakers,” says Michael Moro, CEO of Genesis.
“Digital asset markets are a critical component of financial services moving forward, and their future hinges on market integrity and effective policy. ADAM’s unique Code of Conduct ensures that our members are committed to high standards for integrity, fairness, efficiency, and compliance – and it also serves as an excellent predicate for our members to participate in the regulatory policy processes. I look forward to leading this organisation at such an exciting time for the industry, as well as focusing on cutting-edge policy issues with our members,” says Michelle Bond, CEO of ADAM
Bond is a summa cum laude graduate of Baruch College and The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, graduating first in her class at law school. Bond is licensed to practice law in both New York and DC and has been covered by Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, as well as featured in Business Insider, POLITICO, The Hill, CoinDesk, and other leading publications.