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Former Oracle executives join blockchain startup Hedera Hashgraph

Thu, 07 Feb 2019, 07:21 am UTC

Hedera Hashgraph, a public distributed ledger for building decentralized applications, has announced that Lionel Chocron is joining the company as Chief Product Officer.

Chocron joins Hedera from Oracle, where he recently led their emerging technology (Blockchain, IoT, AI) solution efforts across industries. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager at Cisco, where he co-launched, productized, and scaled Cisco’s fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) business. He has also held roles at A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, and BNP Paribas.

In addition to Chocron, Hedera has appointed Atul Mahamuni as Senior Vice President of Products and Nigel Clark as Senior Vice President of Partners and Industries.

Mahamuni will bring his extensive in product management to Hedera. He previously served as Vice President — Blockchain SaaS Apps and Internet of Things (IoT) SaaS Apps, PaaS Platform at Oracle. Prior to that, he served in product management, strategy, and development roles at Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Nokia.

Clark is a seasoned go-to-market leader. Most recently, in his role as Global Industry Solutions and Emerging Technology lead at Oracle, he focused on bringing solutions to market around Blockchain, IoT, and AI. He was also previously Mobility Services lead for Accenture and SVP of Global Business Development at Clicksoftware.

“Hedera's mission is to build the industry’s first enterprise-grade platform,” said Mance Harmon, co-founder and CEO of Hedera. “Lionel has deep expertise in understanding the needs of enterprises, incubating solutions, and bringing them to market through appropriate channels to drive adoption. We are thrilled to have Lionel, Atul, and Nigel on board as we continue our rollout of a platform designed to be robust enough to run the most mission-critical applications.”

Founded in 2018, Hedera aims to create a safer, fairer, more secure internet. Developers can build secure, fair, blazing-fast decentralized applications on top of Hedera. The Hedera hashgraph platform provides a new form of distributed consensus; a way for people who don't know or trust each other to securely collaborate and transact online without the need for a trusted intermediary.

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