Gavin Michael has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bakkt since January 2021. Prior to joining Bakkt, Mr. Michael was the Head of Technology for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank, responsible for the long-term strategic direction, planning and management of Citi’s global technology organization, execution of its cloud architecture, data and services strategies, and driving digitization efforts to accelerate speed to market.
Before joining Citi, Mr. Michael was Head of Digital for Consumer & Community Banking at Chase, where he was responsible for all aspects of the digital business, including the Chase Mobile App and Chase Online. He was also previously the Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Accenture, the IT director for Lloyds Banking Group’s retail banking business, and Head of Strategy and Architecture at National Australia Bank.
He has also held senior technology roles at IBM and served as a Director of Avanade, Inc. Mr. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Australian National University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Australia.
Bakkt’s vision is to connect the digital economy by bringing the digital asset experience to life. Bakkt powers commerce by enabling consumers, businesses, and institutions to unlock value from digital assets. The company taps into the $1.6+ trillion of digital assets across cryptocurrencies, rewards loyalty points, gaming assets, gift cards and beyond. Bakkt’s platform allows consumers to aggregate digital assets, access liquidity trade, transfer, and pay however they want. Businesses leverage the Bakkt platform to expand payment offerings, create new revenue streams and increase customer loyalty. Their custody, futures and options businesses enable seamless cryptocurrency transactions for institutions, in an end-to-end regulated market with true price transparency. Bakkt was founded in 2018 and went public in 2021 via a SPAC merger. Bakkt currently has roughly 300 employees and is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA with additional office locations in New York, San Francisco, and Scottsdale.