The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Solvay – a Belgian chemical company with an $11.4 billion revenue in 2016 alone – has spoken. “Jury’s out on Bitcoin,” Karim Hajjar said in a CNBC interview previewing a survey among his peers from all around the world.
Even though his company doesn’t use Bitcoin, Hajjar remains open to this new currency that could change the financial world as we know it.
Bitcoin is something we are curious about, we are very very open to, but we haven’t found a way to really integrate it into our business.
“It’s not a currency we are using for a multibillion-dollar business … it’s something we are curious about, we are very very open to, but we haven’t found a way to really integrate it into our business,” the CFO said in a TV interview yesterday. “If a hypothetical customer comes to us and says, ‘I have a bunch of bitcoins to buy your products,’ first thing I’ll probably want to do is not turn them away but probably find a way to sell those bitcoins before I commit to the order and then really make sure we meet the needs of that customer.”
Hajjar was just one of the 43 CFOs who responded to CNBC survey concerning the number one digital currency. Among those 43, about 28% said Bitcoin ‘is real but in a bubble.’ Another 28% agreed with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and said Bitcoin ‘is a fraud.’
Nevertheless, 14% responded that the digital currency ‘is real and still going higher.’ The rest of 30% acknowledged they don’t know enough about Bitcoin to give an educated guess.