Riot Blockchain Announces Leadership Changes

CASTLE ROCK, CO / ACCESSWIRE / February 5, 2019 / Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (the ''Company'') today announced that its Board of Directors is implementing leadership and governance structure changes. Jeff McGonegal is being named Chief Executive Officer, replacing departing Chris Ensey, who had joined the Company in January 2018 as its Chief Operating Officer and had been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer, in September 2018. Jeffrey Vormittag, Chief Operating Officer of the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Riot Blockchain Canada Inc. will also be leaving the company. The Board wishes to thank Mr. Ensey and Mr. Vormittag for their past efforts and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Jeff McGonegal's career has spanned over forty years in senior leadership roles working primarily with public entities assisting them with financing, merger, and acquisition transactions. Mr. McGonegal had previously served as the Company's long time Chief Financial Officer until April 2018 and subsequently had been assisting Riot Blockchain in a consulting role.

In addition, the Company also announced changes to its Board Committee structure with the Nominating Committee and the Governance Committee being re-combined into one Committee. The Investment and Strategy Committee formed in September 2018 has been disbanded with the objectives of this Committee now being undertaken by the full Board of Directors. These changes are designed to make the Board more effective and reduce costs.

Riot Blockchain's Board of Directors is very focused on delivering value for the Company's shareholders and believes that a new streamlined leadership structure is critical to achieving success, while also achieving cost reductions.

About Riot Blockchain

Riot Blockchain is focused on building, operating, and supporting blockchain technologies. Its primary operations consist of cryptocurrency mining, targeted development of exchange and mining pool platforms, along with other investments within the sector. For more information, visit:

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