Faryar Shirzad has been tapped to fill the role of chief policy officer at the firm, signaling its continued commitment to meeting the evolving regulatory landscape governing digital assets by United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase
According to Monday blog post, a 15-year position as global co-head of the office of government affairs at Goldman Sachs, where he “played a leading role in managing the firm’s government relations and public policy strategy,” was left by Shirzard in joining Coinbase.
In describing the role of the new chief policy officer, Coinabse said:
“[…] Faryar will engage with lawmakers, regulators and other policy experts to realize crypto’s full potential to fuel a more equitable financial system along with job creation, GDP growth, and innovation.”
Shirzad was a member of the White House’s National Security Council and also served as national security adviser for International Economic Affairs, prior to joining Goldman Sachs. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce and served as international trade counsel to the Senate Committee on Finance.
Coinbase made headlines in April after it became the first cryptocurrency exchange to trade publicly in the United States. Analysts described the Coinbase public listing as a “watershed” moment for the industry as mainstream recognition of digital assets continued to grow.