Coinbase appoints former Facebook IR director
Coinbase, the digital currency exchange that is expected to list this year, has appointed Anil Gupta as its vice president of investor relations.
Gupta joined the company earlier this month and reports to Alesia Haas, Coinbase’s chief financial officer. Gupta tells IR Magazine that he is Coinbase’s first formal IR hire, but that the company has ‘amazing people working on IR activity’.
‘I felt this was a great opportunity for me to further develop my career by stepping into an IR leadership position and doing so from the outset of Coinbase’s public journey,’ he says. ‘In addition, Coinbase is a clear leader in its space and has the potential to change the way people think about crypto-currency as an asset class.’
Prior to Coinbase, Gupta spent eight years working in the IR department at Facebook. When he joined, shortly after Facebook’s IPO in 2012, he served as an investor relations manager, and was promoted to director of investor relations in early 2015 – a post he held for almost five years. ‘I learned a tremendous amount at Facebook across the board and am incredibly grateful for my time there,’ he says.
He started his career as a consultant and equity research analyst, including stints at Imperial Capital and Oppenheimer & Co.
Gupta is the latest IR professional to move to a private company, following John Cumming’s move from Salesforce to Celonis, Dennis Walsh’s move from Zillow to Postmates and Bill Choi’s pre-IPO appointment at ZScaler.