Changpeng Zhao, better known as “CZ”, announced his immediate resignation as CEO of Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world. Since the company’s founding in 2017, CZ has been a central figure, guiding Binance through the crypto market’s many ups and downs.
At the time of publication, the price of BNB was quoted at US$228.9, down 13% in the last 24 hours.
Recognizing recent challenges and the need for a new direction, CZ expressed full confidence in Richard Teng, the chosen one to take the helm at Binance. Teng, who previously held the role of global head of regional markets at the company, is seen as a strong name with a solid career and thirty years of experience in the financial services sector. His background includes leadership positions at the Abu Dhabi Global Market Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Singapore Exchange.
Today, I stepped down as CEO of Binance. Admittedly, it was not easy to let go emotionally. But I know it is the right thing to do. I made mistakes, and I must take responsibility. This is best for our community, for Binance, and for myself.
Binance is no longer a baby. It is…
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) November 21, 2023
Teng’s expertise in regulatory matters will be crucial in the new phase of Binance as it seeks to maintain its leadership in the global cryptocurrency market while facing an increasingly complex regulatory landscape. CZ’s words highlight the confidence in Teng’s ability to guide the company through these challenges: “He is well positioned to lead Binance through its next period of growth and ensure we continue to deliver on our commitment to security, transparency and compliance.”
The announcement of CZ’s departure comes in a delicate context for Binance. Recently, the US Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs released a statement regarding Binance Holdings Limited, pleading guilty to violations related to the Bank Secrecy Act, among other charges. Furthermore, CZ, a Canadian citizen and until then CEO of the company, admitted flaws in Binance’s anti-money laundering program.
Against this backdrop, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland emphasized the responsibility of cryptocurrency platforms to operate within the limits of the law, highlighting that the use of innovative technologies does not justify illegal actions.
With the leadership transition, CZ remains a shareholder and consultant at Binance, continuing to offer his vast experience and knowledge to the new management. In the meantime, he plans to take a break to explore new ventures, including passive investing and mentoring.
The change at the top of Binance marks a watershed moment for the company as it prepares to navigate an increasingly regulated and competitive business environment.
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