Ripple Hires Former Google Executive as Vice President

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The blockchain startup Ripple has hired former Google Exec. Mr. Amir Sarhangi as its vice president of products.

As per LinkedIn profile, Amir Sarhangi joined Ripple this month after departing his role leading Google’s director of messaging product management and partnerships a post held since September 2015.

With prior experience at companies like Deloitte and Vodafone, Amir Sarhangi joined Google when it acquired a startup he’d founded in 2015 called Jibe Mobile. It was a provider of Rich Communication Services (RCS), an alternative to traditional SMS messaging that gives enhanced features.

As per Reuters report, Amir Sarhangi will lead the efforts to develop Ripple’s global payments network RippleNet.

The term RippleNet covers the firm’s several blockchain-based payments products, which are intended to provide real-time settlement to banks and other financial institutions. While most of the users don’t use the XRP digital currency that Ripple has had a significant role in developing, it was declared in October that several customers are now using the token.

The news marks the second hire from an internet giant by Ripple lately. In July, the company tapped former Facebook executive Kahina Van Dyke as its new Senior Vice President (SVP) of business and corporate development.

A week ago, Ripple’s head of information security Sujay Jaladi left the company to join a startup Harbor, a compliance platform for issuers of securities tokens.