Bitfarms Announces Appointment of Mauro Ferrara as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
TORONTO & BROSSARD, Québec–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bitfarms Ltd. (“Bitfarms”, or the “Company”) (TSXV:BITF) the largest publicly traded Bitcoin mining company in North America in the second quarter of 2020 in terms of operational petahash, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mauro Ferrara as its Interim Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. With broad experience in corporate and operational finance, Mr. Ferrara brings more than twenty-five years of public and private sector experience including start-ups, manufacturing, and global multi-billion-dollar services organizations. Mauro will oversee financial reporting, acquisitions, tax, accounting, and corporate secretary responsibilities. Mauro Ferrara succeeds John Rim, Bitfarms former CFO & COO who left the Company on September 30, 2020.
Prior to joining Bitfarms, Mr. Ferrara served as the Chief Financial Officer of Savaria Inc. (TSX:SIS), a company traded on the TSX serving the accessibility industry. In this position, he was responsible for management accounting, financial budgeting, and preparation and presentation of all consolidated external public company financial disclosure documents to the Corporation’s Audit Committee and Board of Directors.
Prior to his responsibilities at Savaria, Mr. Ferrara served for six-years as the Senior Director, Financial Reporting at WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP). In this role, he focused on external financial reporting and cost management to improve EBITDA. Headquartered in Montreal, WSP is a Canadian multi-billion-dollar global engineering services company with over 50,000 employees. Mr. Ferrara is a CPA-CA and McGill University alumni.
“Bitfarms is in the midst of a major expansion and upgrading program. With five high-power data-centres operating in Quebec and the recently announced signing of a MOU in South America, the Company is well positioned to continue its ascension as a major cryptocurrency mining player,” said Mauro Ferrara. “It is an exciting time to be joining the Company. I look forward to working closely with management and team members on the myriad of corporate initiatives and new miner arrivals planned for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.”
Nicolas Bonta, Chairman and Chief Development Officer of Bitfarms, commented, “We are very excited to have Mauro join the Bitfarms team. He has a profound understanding of global productions structures with a focus on optimizing cost structures and building quality organizations. With deep functional expertise and technical knowledge in financial planning and accounting, I believe Mauro has the required leadership abilities to manage our debt and lease facilities, improve our cost structure, mentor our accounting team and work closely with senior management as we continue to strategically expand the size the Company.”
About Bitfarms Ltd.
The Company owns and operates computing centres that power the global decentralized financial economy. Bitfarms provides computing power to cryptocurrency networks such as Bitcoin, earning fees from each network for securing and processing transactions. Powered by clean and competitively priced hydroelectricity, Bitfarms operates five computing centres in Québec, Canada. Bitfarms’ experienced management team includes industrial-scale data centre operators and capital markets professionals, focused on building infrastructure by developing and hosting one of the industry’s most efficient ecosystem growing around blockchain-based technologies.
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