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Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters is CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, a start-up company officially launched in March 2015, which is using digital technology to enhance settlement and recording of both digital and mainstream financial assets.Blythe was previously a senior executive at J.P. Morgan which she left in 2014 after a career spanning 27 years, following the successful sale of the bank�s physical commodities business which she built.Named J.P. Morgan's head of Global Commodities in 2007, Blythe was responsible for building an integrated physical and financial commodity business, including market-making, structuring, risk management, financing and warehousing capabilities across the full spectrum of commodity asset classes. Between 2007 and 2013, she architected a major expansion, by both organic growth and a series of acquisitions, including Bear Energy and RBS Sempra Commodities. By 2012, J.P. Morgan's commodity business was ranked globally first in revenues among all financial firms (source: Coalition). Following a decision to sell the business in 2013, primarily for regulatory reasons, Blythe led a successful competitive sale process.From 2012, in addition to Global Commodities, she was responsible for the Corporate & Investment Bank's Regulatory Affairs overseeing strategies to address the range of complex regulatory changes. She was a member of the JPMorgan Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and previously the firm's Executive Committee. From 2004 to 2007, she was Chief Financial Officer of the Investment Bank. Prior to that role, she was J.P. Morgan's head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy, responsible for managing the credit and market risks of the bank's retained credit positions and the development of credit strategy, policies, infrastructure and limits to measure and control credit risk. In addition, she coordinated the financial and risk reporting of the firm's credit activities. Earlier positions at J.P. Morgan include head of North American Structured Credit Products, co-head of Asset Backed Securitization and head of Global Credit Derivatives Marketing. Her responsibilities have included the structuring and distribution of credit derivative products and related credit risk management strategies, both for J.P. Morgan and its clients. Blythe joined J.P. Morgan full-time in 1991, after completing a number of internships at the bank dating back to 1987.From 2012 to 2014, Blythe was chair of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA), which represents the common interests of the world�s leading financial and capital markets participants. She was previously chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), whose mission is to support a strong financial industry, job creation and economic growth while building trust and confidence in the financial markets. Blythe is a member of the board of directors of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Global Fund for Women and is the former chair of the board of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She serves on the Third Way�s Capital Markets Initiative Advisory Group, is a member of the Economic Studies Council of the Brookings Institution and is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association.Blythe received a B.A. in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge. She is an avid equestrian and lives in New York with her husband and daughter.