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Secure Digital Markets Appoints Wall Street and Investment Banking Veteran Alan Mittleman as Chief Operating Officer

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Secure Digital Markets (SDM), Canada’s leading virtual currency broker offering premium service for digital trading, lending and asset management services, announces the addition of Alan Mittleman to the position Chief Operating Officer of the business, effective May 2, 2022 Alan will report to David Shafrir, Managing Director. Following Alan’s addition to the team, former COO and co-founder of SDM, Zachary Friedman, has assumed a new role as Chief Strategy Officer where he will oversee new strategic initiatives and drive revenue growth. of the company.

Alan, in his role, will oversee governance, infrastructure and resource management to guide SDM’s global expansion with a focus on new product development. He will be an integral part of developing the company’s strategic plan and organizational structure to expand SDM’s digital asset OTC brokerage services deeper into the US market. As the market for bespoke crypto investment and trading strategies matures, Alan will also be responsible for expanding SDM’s crypto offerings including spot trading, derivatives, lending, borrowing , custodial services and structured products.

“COO’s role is critical to the long-term growth and strategic direction of Secure Digital Markets, and Alan’s 20+ years of proven experience leading the transformation and expansion of institutions leading financial institutions will be instrumental in supporting SDM’s mission to be the world’s leading digital asset brokerage,” said SDM CEO David Shafrir. “Crypto markets are changing rapidly as institutional participation increases, and we are confident that our organization and our clients will immediately benefit from Alan’s decades of experience in multi-asset trading, asset management oversight risks and strategic leadership. We are delighted to welcome him to the team.

After spending two decades on Wall Street, Alan joins the team following his most recent role at NatWest Markets where he served as Managing Director and Global Head of USD Fixed Income Trading. Previously, from 2011 to 2015, Alan was Managing Director and Global Head of USD Rates Trading at Société Générale, where he grew the trading footprint and improved the trading, risk management and electronic trading infrastructure. His other previous roles include Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Liquids Trading at Bear Stearns, Managing Director as Head of Linear Rates Trading at Credit Suisse First Boston, and Financial Services Industry Auditor and CPA at Price Waterhouse. .

“Investors of all stripes are realizing the immense benefits of exposure to digital assets, but only a handful of partner firms are able to meet this demand with the required products, services and expertise that exist in the traditional financial industry. SDM is one of those companies,” said Alan Mittleman, COO of SDM. “The management team’s forward-looking view on the benefits of crypto and their ability to deliver bespoke brokerage services at scale truly sets them apart within the industry and I look forward to playing a major role in the future.” evolution of the company.”

“We’ve built this company to where it is today by anticipating trends and pairing them with superior customer service, and the addition of Alan is another milestone in that mission. I will continue at SDM with a renewed focus on revenue growth management and the strategic direction of the business,” adds Zachary Friedman. “I look forward to working with Alan and the team to continue to ensure our brand, products and capabilities evolve alongside our customers and the market.”

SDM provides services to digital asset lenders, miners and exchanges as well as institutional participants including funds, family offices and wealth managers. With its bespoke approach, SDM is key to enabling the security, technology and liquidity needed to help those entering the market effectively while maintaining round-the-clock customer support and competitive pricing.

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Secure Digital Markets Inc. (SDM) is proud to be part of the GDA Group, a multifaceted financial services organization. SDM is Canada’s leading virtual currency brokerage, providing best-in-class execution, liquidity and cash settlement service for institutional acquirers. SDM’s corporate culture brings together a team of world-class executives who have over 50 years of combined experience in traditional FX and who were early pioneers in the blockchain and digital asset industry. The company provides bespoke virtual currency spot trading services for institutions, family offices, exchanges, miners and individuals looking for a safe and secure route to virtual currency trading and liquidity. For more information visit