Block.one hired James Mendes as Chief People Officer. He will be reporting to the group’s president, Rob Jesudason, according to a press release.
Mendes is entrusted with the responsibility of managing the human resources function for the Group. This includes designing and implementing structures for both culture and talent with the objective of supporting the growth profile of the company.
Attracting Talent Is Critical
“Attracting, developing and retaining the best people is critical to our continued success. James has a proven history of leading human capital businesses and extensive experience supporting financial services and technology companies to implement human resources solutions across the globe. We look forward to him joining the team.”
Block.one indicated that its focus is on laying a strong groundwork that will support mass adoption of blockchain technologies. Jesudason believes that the company is in a strong position to not only attract but even develop the best talents in the world. His confidence stemmed from Block.one being one of the leaders in blockchain software.
The company’s president felt excited to welcome Mendes to support the global operations of the group for growth and development. Mendes has already worked in Asia, Africa, and Europe and aligned with a number of top brands in the world. Before Citibank, he worked at Korn Ferry as its managing director. He held a similar position at Alexander Mann Solutions.
Strengthening Hong Kong
The move appears to be strengthening the Hong Kong region since the company announced the hiring of Mike Alexander as CEO of EOS VC venture capital subsidiary last week. He will be part of the executive committee of Block.one, according to the company’s site.
Alexander will look after the EOS VC partnerships and direct venture investments. This apart, he will focus on both sourcing and investing in projects that are developed with the help of the EOSIO ecosystem.
Block.one indicated that its subsidiary is planning to extend support to the ecosystem through several initiatives. This included mentoring and partnership activities with a focus on blockchain-associated game-changing products. Until now, the firm has allocated $700 million through the VC alliances in Asia, Europe, and the United States.