Kristina Walcker-Mayer becomes CEO of Bitwala
She came as CPO, now she surprisingly becomes CEO: ex-N26 manager Kristina Walcker-Mayer takes over from the founder. She does not lack experience.
Bitwala actually hired her as CPO, now she will be the successor of Bitwala founder Ben Jonas: Kristina Walcker-Mayer will be the fintech's new CEO. Her career led her via Zalando to the neobank N26 and only in September 2020 to Bitwala. Since then, she has been involved in the €15 million funding round in November 2020, among other things.
Bitwala originated in 2013 as an idea by Ben Jonas, Jan Goslicki and Jörg von Mickwitz. In 2015, the first version for remittance with cryptocurrencies was launched, and in 2016, the Berliners received their first funding. Today, more than 80 employees work for the fintech in Berlin. The Abwicklunge take place via Solarisbank, Bitwala does not have its own license.
As CEO, Walcker-Mayer also wants to focus on women in the fintech world and get them excited about investing in cryptocurrencies. Currently, 16 to 17 percent of Bitwala's clientele are women, up from 11 percent last year, Gründerszenereports. She herself is also making a statement with her new post: Few women are to be found in the top management of fintechs.
Her predecessor Jonas will remain with the company as "chairman of the board," according to Gründerszene. He also tells the medium that the plan wasn't to make Walcker-Mayer CEO, but her work was compelling.
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