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  • Writer's pictureConnie Chan

Crypto CEO Resignation Spree Continues – BitMEX Next

Crypto futures exchange BitMEX’s CEO Alexander Hoeptner has been the latest in a long string of top crypto executives to resign from his post.

CFO Takes Over

Another top crypto executive bites the dust as Alexander Hoeptner, the CEO of crypto futures exchange BitMEX, resigned from his post and effectively left the firm. He has been temporarily replaced by the company CFO, Stephan Lutz, as interim CEO. Hoeptner joined the company as CEO back in late 2020, soon after the legal troubles surrounding the previous CEO Arthur Hayes and other founders came to light. Even earlier this month, Hoeptner had been talking about the upcoming launch of BitMEX’s native token, BMEX, by the end of the year.

Crypto Execs Jumping Ship?

However, what is most noteworthy about his resignation is that it is the latest in a string of resignations from top executives in other crypto companies, indicating that it is a pivotal moment in the industry. The 2022 bear market has hit many aspects of the crypto space, and these C-level executives are facing the heat. Some other noteworthy CEOs that have stepped down from their positions include Kraken’s Jesse Powell, Celsius’s Alex Mashinsky, and MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor. FTX.US’s president Brett Harrison is another high-ranking official who left the company in September 2022. Finally, in October, Celsius lost another top executive, as its co-founder Daniel Leon followed the company’s CEO and tendered in his resignation. The most recent addition to the list of CEO casualties is Gavin Wood, the co-founder of Polkadot stepped down as CEO of Parity Technologies over the weekend.

Regulation Pushing Them Out?

2022 has brought a lot of hard hits for the crypto space. Not only has retail interest been dying off in the sector, but it has also attracted more political and regulatory attention. With many lawmakers discussing crypto policy more and more in Congress, the White House has also involved the Treasury Department, the Justice Department, and other regulatory bodies in launching its first comprehensive crypto policy framework. In addition, financial watchdogs Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have also rolled up their sleeves for a more “hands-on” approach to regulation.

Although these developments indicate that the crypto market is gaining some much-needed structure through these regulations, it does suggest that crypto is becoming a more regulated, more compliant, and less sovereign space. A lot of these executives had founded or joined crypto companies with the hopes of creating a more decentralized space, which is getting edged out due to the growing regulatory interest.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.


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