Blockchain has hired former Google employee as first engineering VP

Blockchain is continuing its mission to overtake Coinbase with a high-profile new hire and appointment of a first vice president of engineering.

Peter Wilson, formerly of Facebook, Microsoft and Google, has joined Blochain as it attempts to become a market leader in digital Bitcoin wallets.

Peter Smith, CEO and co-founder of Blockchain, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Peter to Blockchain to lead our engineering efforts. His experience and insight after decades at top software companies is invaluable as we scale our team and deliver new products and services to our users.”

Wilson previously worked on advertising, talk, video and maps products at Google, advertising and APIs at Facebook and developer tools and OS at Microsoft.

“Throughout my career I have been fortunate to build products and teams that level the playing field and empower users through software,” Wilson added. “I’m beyond excited to join Blockchain and build an engineering organisation in pursuit of a better financial future for all.”