Cryptocurrency exchange Binance appointed industry veteran Richard Teng as its new CEO this week after founder Changpeng Zhao (CZ) stepped down and pled guilty to criminal charges in the US.
The leadership change comes as Binance faces intense legal scrutiny and aims to boost trust with users and regulators.
- Richard Teng appointed as new CEO of Binance after Changpeng Zhao steps down and pleads guilty to criminal charges
- Teng has over 30 years of experience in financial services and regulation, including roles at Abu Dhabi Global Market and Singapore Exchange
- Binance faces legal issues in the US related to money laundering laws, unlawful money transmitting, and sanctions breaches
- Teng aims to boost confidence in Binance, work with regulators, and drive Web3 adoption as key priorities
- Analysts say crypto regulation is important and will be a focus with Teng as CEO
Teng is a former top executive at Abu Dhabi Global Market’s financial regulator and the Singapore Exchange. He has over 30 years of experience in financial services and regulation. Teng joined Binance last year and quickly rose up the ranks, overseeing regional operations before his appointment as global CEO.
In a settlement with the US Justice Department, CZ pled guilty to violations of anti-money laundering laws and sanctions requirements. Binance agreed to pay over $4 billion in fines and penalties. The company admitted to failures in implementing proper controls against illicit finance.
As the new CEO, Teng outlined three key priorities – restoring confidence in Binance among users and partners, increased collaboration with regulatory agencies, and driving further adoption of Web3 and blockchain technology.
It is an honour and with the deepest humility that I step into the role of Binance’s new CEO.
We operate the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume. The trust placed on us by our 150m users and thousands of employees is a responsibility that I take seriously and hold…
— Richard Teng (@_RichardTeng) November 21, 2023
Analysts state that greater oversight of the cryptocurrency industry will likely occur with Teng at the helm of Binance. His regulatory background is seen as a positive for navigating forthcoming policy and enforcement actions globally. However, uncertainties remain regarding the source of funds for Binance’s substantial legal payments.
While the departure of its iconic founder CZ marks the end of an era, Binance hopes Teng’s leadership and focus on compliance will chart a path forward and stabilize its position as the world’s largest crypto exchange.