Alexander Höptner, the Chief Executive Officer that was drafted to bail out the BitMEX exchange when Arthur Hayes was under investigation by the United States market regulators has announced, with immediate effect, his resignation from the exchange.
First reported by The Block, the exchange’s leadership has been handed over to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Stephan Lutz, a veteran who joined the exchange as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and took up the CFO role in May 2021.
“Stephan Lutz has been appointed as Interim CEO of BitMex after Alexander Höptner has left our business with immediate effect,” a BitMex spokesperson said in a statement, “Stephan will continue to serve as our CFO, a role he has held since May 2021.”
Höptner took over as CEO back in January 2021 at a time when the exchange needed enough stability and a break from the legal onslaught that was launched by US regulators over its derivatives products. Drawing on his experiences with Börse Stuttgart, Deutsche Börse AG, and led Euwax AG, Höptner committed to changing the primary focus of the exchange from derivatives to other products.
This push paid off under his watch as BitMEX launched its spot trading outfit back in May. With so many big shoes to step into, Lutz has also expressed optimism to help drive the trading platform’s growth, and with his more than a year of experience, he can be considered a suitable fit for the role.
“Together with the rest of the management team and our talented staff members, I will make sure that BitMex continues to deliver great, innovative crypto trading products and a secure and stable trading environment for our clients,” Lutz said in the emailed statement. “We want to thank Alexander for his support to the business during his tenure and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
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