Management Team

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

CEO

Mr Lee is a co-founder of Bitcoin Group and has a background as a Strategy Director in the financial services outside Australia and digital media industry…

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Ryan Xu

Ryan Xu

CSO

Mr Xu is a co-founder of Bitcoin Group with a background in engineering and has extensive experience working and operating state owned nuclear power plants in China…

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Allan Guo

Allan Guo

CFO

Mr Guo is a co-founder of Bitcoin Group and brings his banking, accounting and compliance background to Bitcoin Group…

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Andrew Plympton

Andrew Plympton

Independent Director, Chairman of the Board

Mr Plympton has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman for the Asia Pacific operations of two global insurance broking…

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Jacob Cheng

Jacob Cheng

Operations Director

Mr Cheng brings more than 12 years of experience in client facing production planning and capacity management across numerous leading Semiconductor Foundries…

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Jin Chen

Jin Chen

Systems Manager

Mr Chen is a veteran developer with 13 years of programming experience. His extensive understanding of security and risk management methodologies…

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Our Executive Directors

Sam Lee

CEO

Mr Lee is a co-founder of Bitcoin Group and has a background as a Strategy Director in the financial services outside Australia and digital media industry. Mr Lee has performed the role of an IT Enterprise strategy consultant, specialising in project planning and execution, servicing companies such as Renault, Heinz, Total S.A and Cricket Australia. Mr Lee has established himself as a Bitcoin industry leader as one of the founding organisers of the Melbourne Bitcoin Meetup. He has worked with the community to realise initiatives such as the Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Center, Bitcoin Boulevard Australia and Bitcoin Buskers.

With the clear goal of creating an accountable, legitimate and transparent investment vehicle, to bring Bitcoin into the mainstream, Mr Lee’s first involvement with Bitcoin, is as a Director of Millennius Pty Ltd, implementing a Bitcoin payment gateway as a website checkout option in June 2013 to become Australia’s first e-tailer to accept Bitcoin. After which, he co-founded Bitcoins Reserve, a BVI entity which operates the world’s first arbitrage fund in Hong Kong specialising in the cryptocurrency asset class.

Mr Lee is responsible for the overall management of Bitcoin Group. His role in Bitcoin Group will comprise of leading and overseeing the implementation of Bitcoin Group’s long and short term plans in accordance with Bitcoin Group’s Operations Strategy, human resources management, risk management and overall communication management.

Ryan Xu

CSO

Mr Xu is a co-founder of Bitcoin Group with a background in engineering and has extensive experience working and operating state owned nuclear power plants in China. This experience extends to a solid understanding of deploying Mining facilities in addition to being able to identify future trends that are brought about by Bitcoins underlying Block Chain technology. Voted most influential writer / commentator of the year in the Chinese Bitcoin industry for 2014, Mr Xu is known as a reputable industry leader within the Chinese Bitcoin community. Mr Xu graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering.

Mr Xu’s role in Bitcoin Group is to set out and implement Bitcoin Group’s Operations Strategy for medium and long-term growth. He is in charge of developing partnerships with institutional leaders, special committees and consultants for the execution of Bitcoin Group’s key initiatives. Mr Xu is also responsible for the development of the employees within Bitcoin Group and acts as an internal strategy consultant to Bitcoin Group.

Allan Guo

CFO

Mr Guo is a co-founder of Bitcoin Group and brings his banking, accounting and compliance background to Bitcoin Group. Prior to joining Bitcoin Group, Mr Guo was a Tax Accountant at NAB, overseeing the accounts of superannuation funds valued at over 2 billion Australian Dollars. Acting as Director of Peak Property Development, Peak Real Estate Property and Peak international, Mr Guo has demonstrated his track record of identifying investment opportunities. Mr Guo graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelors of Commerce.

Mr Guo will manage the financial affairs and business development of Bitcoin Group, as well as advise Bitcoin Group on contractual financial implication to ensure that the operating budget is complied with. Mr Guo will also oversee the payroll activity and the banking activities of Bitcoin Group.

Our Board

Andrew Plympton

Andrew Plympton

Independent Director, Chairman of the Board

Mr Plympton has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman for the Asia Pacific operations of two global insurance broking firms’ operations. In addition, Mr Plympton has served as Chairman of a specialist aviation underwriting company, and Chairman of Macdonald’s family restaurants’ captive insurance operations. Three years ago, Mr Plympton was appointed to the Australian Advisory Board of the world’s largest broking and consulting company, AON Group.

In the ASX-listed companies’ sector, Mr Plympton currently serves as Chairman of Shoply Limited (ASX:SPP) and Entellect Limited (ASX:ESN). In addition, Andrew is a Director of Energy Mad Limited (NZX:MAD), a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

In addition to being on numerous boards of both ASX-listed and unlisted companies, Mr Plympton’s background and achievements in sport and sport administration is well documented.

Harry Wang

Harry Wang

Independent Director

Mr Wang founded ‘Anying’ foreign exchange and money remittance business in 2003 in Melbourne, and under Mr Wang’s leadership, Anying has recorded impressive year-on-year growth in the last 12 years, and is now ranked the 3rd largest money remittance business in Australia, behind OzForex and Western Union. Mr Wang’s decade long hands-on experience in the remittance space will be invaluable to help the Bitcoin Group leverage the Block Chain technology for remittances, bringing with him knowledge in key areas such as anti-Money laundering/counter-terrorism financing, non-cash payment, foreign exchange market and online payment platform.

Xiangdong Gao

Xiangdong Gao

Independent Director

Mr Gao has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and currently serves as the Chairman of Dalian Qifei Fire Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co, Ltd since its founding in 2000. He is also a non-executive Director of Dalian Dongxing Trading Company since 2009. His tenure has seen both these businesses grow from strength to strength through successful dealings with numerous state regulatory departments.

Our Directors

Jacob Cheng

Jacob Cheng

Operations Director

Mr Cheng brings more than 12 years of experience in client facing production planning and capacity management across numerous leading Semiconductor Foundries. The foundation of his extensive experience begins with managing capacity allocation and collaborating with engineers to fabricate ASIC chips for IBM and Samsung at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI) (SEHK: 0981) which operates the largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry in mainland China. Mr Cheng subsequently took up the role of Senior Production Planning Engineer of German based X-Fab, specialising in end to end production planning for clients such as BMW and Mercedes. Most recently Mr Cheng acted as the Principle Industrial Engineer overseeing the expansion of the Kuching (Malaysia) foundry of SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE), the leading American Solar Silicon Wafer Manufacturer where he reported directly to the CEO of Asia Pacific on rollout progress and utilisation. His experience brings strong Logistics and Project management background, which can benefit Bitcoin Group’s Mining operations by effectively coordinating the transportation, deployment and upkeep of the increasing Mining capacity under the company’s management.

Mr Cheng focuses on supply chain management and product lifecycle management of Mining hardware and Mining facilities. Mr Cheng assists the management in the planning of the budget and the implementation of operational management.

Mr Cheng graduated from Wuhan University with a Bachelor of Engineering, and also studies APICS CSCP (Current).

Jin Chen

Jin Chen

Systems Manager

Mr Chen is a veteran developer with 13 years of programming experience. His extensive understanding of security and risk management methodologies for managing cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin is built on solid and practical software architecture experience. Highly versed in agile project management methodology, he is able to effectively manage technical teams to deliver within scope projects that are both uptime critical and containing high value data from clients such as IMA-MT and Digiway. His extensive experience in software development translated to his most recent tenure as Lead Platform Architect, managing the full development lifecycle involving systematic updates, upgrades and integrations to the online presences of Ray White (Australia’s Largest and Leading Real Estate Agency). His achievements include implementing global libraries and API’s to enable efficient knowledge sharing and collaboration across the technical teams of the Company.

Mr Chen will have responsibility for the management of the IT development and the security needs of Bitcoin Group, including the scoping, resourcing and technical project management of software developers, followed by internal penetration testing and subsequent implementation of security strategies manage IT risks.

Mr Chen graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with a Bachelors of Information Engineering and subsequently graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a Masters of Information Security.

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