Binance U.S. CEO Brian Brooks Steps Down Barely Three Months into the Job

Brooks’ resignation

August 7, 2021

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Binance U.S. CEO Brian Brooks has announced via Twitter that he is stepping down from his position in the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume.

Brooks started working as Binance U.S.’s CEO on May 7th. Previously, he held the Acting Comptroller of the Currency position. 

Brooks Alludes to Differences in Strategic Direction as Reason for Quitting

In his statement, Brooks stated that he was letting people know that he had resigned as the CEO of Binance U.S. Brooks continued that regardless of the differences in strategic direction, he was wishing his former colleagues much success.

Brian Brooks interviewed with Forbes a few weeks back. In it, he laid out his vision for the world’s largest crypto exchange Binance expanding beyond the crypto exchange business. In Brooks’ words, the exchange business was not profitable in the long run. Considering this, it may be that the rest of the team did not support or agree with Brooks’ plans for the exchange. 

As expected, the crypto community went into a frenzy over these differences in strategic direction that Brooks was alleging. However, the former Binance U.S. CEO remained silent over requests for further comment. 

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao stated via Twitter that he hopes Brooks will continue to support the growth of the crypto industry despite his exit. Zhao assured Binance users that Brooks’ resignation will not affect users in any way.

Brooks Resigns Amidst Rising Regulatory Pressure 

Binance U.S. CEO Brian Brooks’ resignation comes at a time when regulatory pressure towards Binance is continuing to rise. In the United States, the Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are looking into Binance’s operations. It is impossible not to question whether Brian is jumping ship over these inquiries.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) banned the world’s largest crypto exchange Binance from conducting any regulated activity in the United Kingdom back in June. Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) also warned Binance from operating in the country, stating that it was doing it illegally.

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