hires Visa alum as new VP of policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Exchange and service provider has hired Visa's Head of regulatory affairs for Europe as its new Vice President, Policy and Engagement for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

Roeland Van der Stappen revealed his move to the crypto firm today on LinkedIn. 


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"Looking forward to dive into #crypto and #Web3 policy issues and begin sharing all the great things my colleagues are working on," he wrote in his announcement post.

Van der Stappen is based in Brussels, according to his LinkedIn page. He helmed Visa's regulatory affairs for Europe for the past 3.5 years. Prior to that, he worked as Barclay's Vice President of Government Policy and Public Relations. has ramped up its policy tactics stateside as well, making a major move into federal lobbying at the start of this year. In the UK, the advertising regulator banned two advertisements from the firm in January.

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