- Over ten key executives left Binance amidst growing regulatory hurdles in 2023.
- Notable departures include Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder and three VPs in a single day.
- Executives claim the departures are routine, while Binance’s CEO dismisses concerns.
Binance, the largest crypto exchange, has witnessed a noteworthy exodus of at least ten critical executives from various departments over the nine months of 2023. These departures have not gone unnoticed in the crypto community, particularly against the backdrop of mounting regulatory challenges the exchange faces.
The most recent departures include Brian Shroder, who was the chief executive officer of Binance’s United States subsidiary, Binance.US. Specifically, Shroder left the exchange on September 13, 2023.
Meanwhile, Binance witnessed the departure of three executives in one day. In particular, former Vice Presidents Helen Hai and Gleb Kostarev departed Binance on September 6. On the same day, Vladimir Smerkis, the general manager for Russia and CIS, also announced his exit.
In addition to the recent resignations, Mayur Kamat, who previously held the position of product lead at Binance, announced his departure on September 4, 2023. Before that, on August 31, 2023, Leon Foong, the Head of Asia-Pacific at Binance, declared his resignation.
Notably, the exodus began in July, with Steven Christie, the Senior Vice President for Compliance at Binance, announcing his resignation on July 7, 2023. On July 6, 2023, a trio of high-profile executives made their exit: Patrick Hillmann, chief strategy officer of Binance; Han Ng, the general counsel at Binance; and Steve Milton, who served as the global vice president of marketing and communications at the exchange.
Matthew Price, the senior director of global investigations and intelligence at Binance, joined the ranks of departing executives on the same day, July 6, 2023. Notably, the four top executives parted ways with the company simultaneously shortly after the exchange issued its response to an investigation by the United States Department of Justice.
It is worth clarifying that the departing executives have publicly characterized their resignations as routine and emphasized their positive relationships with the exchange and its CEO. Moreover, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has vehemently dismissed reports insinuating negative sentiments about the exchange amid the departures.
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