Lukka taps State Street’s head of strategic alliances as CFO, following investment

State Street’s head of digital partnerships and investments joins Lukka after leading the custodian’s investment in the digital asset firm.

By Joe Parsons

Digital asset back-office tech vendor Lukka has recruited the former head of State Street’s digital partnerships and investments, after it secured backing from the Boston-based custody bank.

Kinga Bosse, State Street’s former head of partnerships and investments, joins as chief financial officer for the New York-based FinTech firm. 

Bosse was previously responsible for State Street’s strategic alliances and managing its minority investments, which included its participation in a $15 million funding round into Lukka in December, as well as its involvements in other ventures across artificial intelligence, middle- and back-office technology, crypto and blockchain solutions.

At Lukka, she will be responsible for all aspects of its financial positions and fundraising efforts, while also helping to continue its growth strategy among traditional financial institutions.  

“Having led State Street’s investment in Lukka’s Series C, I was given the unique opportunity to understand the company, its growth potential, and the institutional crypto ecosystem as a whole. My decision to join Lukka was driven by their position as global leaders in their space and the future exponential growth that I believe the company and ecosystem will experience,” said Bosse on her appointment.  

“I am excited to be here at Lukka at the forefront of institutionalising blockchain and crypto.” 

Bosse joins Lukka at a unique time for the firm as it looks to attract senior leaders from the traditional financial services space. 

In April, it appointed Stephanie Miller, the former CEO of fund administration firm Intertrust and head of global fund services at JP Morgan, as chief operating officer (COO). 

It also hired Dan Huscher, the former head of product development for pricing and reference data at IHS Markit, as its head of data and analytics. 

Lukka currently serves over 210 active crypto funds and assisted companies such as ShapeShift and other major crypto exchanges and OTC desks through financial audits. 

It is also a supplier of crypto asset data to the largest traditional financial and crypto native firms including S&P Dow Jones Indices, IHS Markit, RSM, and Arca, among others, processing over $4.4 trillion unique transactions to date.