September 25, 2018

Ideanomics names new execs

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Ideanomics has named Robert G. Benya as executive vice chairman.
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The fintech on Tuesday also named Alfred P. Poor as chief operating officer.

Incoming West Hartford fintech Ideanomics continued its C-suite shuffle on Tuesday, announcing two key executive appointments.

The New York fintech, which plans to build an innovation hub in West Hartford, says it elevated its president and chief revenue officer, Robert G. Benya, to executive vice chairman. Meantime, it named Alfred P. Poor as chief operating officer.

Ideanomics co-CEO and Chairman Bruno Wu said the two executives have broad experience in startup and product innovation, helping to build new businesses.

Wu and Benya said they have executed the fintech's first phase of merger and acquisitions, which furthers its efforts of building new infrastructures, including a $280 million "Fintech Village" at UConn's former campus in West Hartford. The hub will become its headquarters for technology and innovation.

Benya, appointed chief revenue officer in Oct. 2017, will now lead Ideanomics' effort to attract, retain and develop new talent. The fintech said it plans to bring 330 jobs to West Hartford.

Poor will lead the fintech's global operations after leading startups to acquisitions and mergers for the last 20 years. His expertise is in helping startups secure industry compliance and certifications in sectors including health care, financial services and government, Ideanomics officials said.

Tuesday's announcement marks Ideanomics' second major executive shuffle this month.

Ideanomics recently named Brett McGonegal to lead the company alongside Wu as its co-CEO. It also named Uwe Parpart as chief strategy officer and appointed Evan Kalimtgis as chief investment officer and head of financial product development.

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