Jim Messina — one of Barack Obama’s closest advisers during his presidency in the United States — has taken on an executive role at the cryptocurrency platform – BlockhainCom. The veteran politician is responsible for government relations and corporate policy strategy.
Jim Messina runs BlockhainCom
In a recent interview for CNBC, BlockchainCom CEO Lane Kasselman revealed that Jim Messina joined the company in 2021. He acted as the company’s lead government relations advisor ahead of plans to strengthen its presence in Europe and expand globally.
Messina is a key figure in the organization who often advises the group on lobbying strategy. The CEO noted that much of BlockchainCom’s success in Europe and the US is due to his efforts:
“You can say that we are probably one of the most prolific companies when it comes to public policy engagement related to crypto globally, certainly in the US and western Europe. That’s a direct result of Jim and his guidance on that front.”
Kasselman further revealed that his company has some issues with members of the European Parliament because they are considering placing non-custodial wallets as illegal. After lengthy negotiations, Messina managed to change their mind:
“It’s core to our business belief that we should give people control of their assets and protect it from all other potential interference. And Jim really made us think through “what is that argument, what’s going to work in Brussels?”
And as a result of his counsel, having worked with heads of state across Europe for years, we crafted, I don’t want to call it a campaign but sort of an argument that we went in and met with some of the Ministers and won.”
Messina has advised numerous prominent politicians throughout his career. Some include former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, previous Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy and former Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
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