Final week, as share costs ripped upwards of fifty% to ranges not seen because the 2018 cryptocurrency bullrun, Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT) appointed former director of the itemizing committee for the Toronto Inventory Trade, Hubert Marleau, to the Riot board of administrators.
The Colorado-based agency was out there for a brand new director after the departure of former Canadian Cupboard member Remo Mancini. Marleau brings a variety of regulatory and governing expertise to Riot, having additionally served as governor of the Montreal and Vancouver inventory exchanges. Marleau additionally boasts a robust tutorial background, and he at present serves as a chair for a lecture collection in his title on the College of Ottawa.
Marleau’s appointment comes amid an unusually sturdy week for RIOT share worth. RIOT closed at $6 even after opening the week at $4.10, simply outpacing Bitcoin’s practically 20% rise. On the yr, RIOT is up practically 500% from $1.22.
Appointing a brand new director will not be the one transfer that the mining big has made in latest weeks. Riot agreed to a massive 8,000-unit, $17.7 million-dollar purchase of recent Antminer S19 Professional Bitcoin mining rigs to develop operations in August.
The acquisition could also be an effort to stave off rival mining agency Marathon Patent Group’s efforts to swipe the “Prime Miner in North America” crown. As Cointelegraph beforehand reported, Marathon themselves purchased 10,000 S19 Pro units in late October.
Like Riot, Marathon Patent Group’s MARA ticker is buying and selling a lot larger on the week, closing at $3.39 worth after a $2.38 Monday open.