Tether Appoints Paolo Ardoino as CEO

October 13, 2023 – Tether, the largest stablecoin in the industry by market cap, today announces the appointment of Paolo Ardoino as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ardoino, known for his visionary leadership and significant contributions to the cryptocurrency field, will take the helm from December 2023, succeeding Jean-Louis van der Velde (JL), who will transition to an advisory role for Tether while retaining his position as CEO for Bitfinex. Ardoino will continue in his roles as Chief Technology Officer for Bitfinex and Chief Strategy Officer for Holepunch.

Ardoino's journey in the cryptocurrency industry began in 2014 when he joined Bitfinex, recognized as the industry’s most advanced and resilient cryptocurrency exchange. At Bitfinex, Ardoino played a pivotal role in enhancing the platform's Bitcoin trading capabilities, rapidly earning recognition for his dedication and profound knowledge of blockchain technology.

In 2017, Ardoino assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer at Tether, a leading stablecoin provider. At Tether, Ardoino continued to demonstrate his exceptional ability to drive innovation and expand business horizons. One of his most notable achievements was co-leading the strategy that led to the substantial growth of Tether's market presence and market capitalization, which is currently at a high of USD$83B. This achievement solidified Tether's position as a global stablecoin powerhouse and an indispensable component of the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Ardoino's influence extends beyond the organizations he serves, as he actively contributes to the stability and growth of global cryptocurrency markets. His participation in industry discussions, dedication to security enhancement, and innovative thinking have made him one of the most respected and influential figures in the crypto community.

Ardoino is also a passionate advocate for financial inclusion in emerging markets. He is the co-sponsor of the
Bitfinex Freedom Manifesto
, which extols the virtues of Bitcoin, Lightning, and peer-to-peer technologies to deliver financial freedom and freedom of speech. Under his dynamic leadership, Tether will continue to work towards delivering financial services to those in need, reshaping the landscape of global finance. Ardoino envisions Tether as a tech powerhouse poised to revolutionize the industry and serve as an infrastructure partner in the development of resilient cities. His commitment to transformative technology will lead Tether's evolution into a tech-centric organization, reshaping the future of finance. Tether's mission also includes expanding the influence of the USD in global trade and exchange, ensuring its utility in emerging markets and new financial applications.

Jean-Louis van der Velde (JL), whose leadership has been instrumental in propelling Tether to its current position as an industry leader, will continue to play a crucial role as an advisor. 

JL has played a pivotal role in managing Tether's relationships with regulators worldwide and his leadership has been instrumental in Tether's ascent to the pinnacle of the stablecoin industry. As Tether charts its course for further success and diversification into new verticals with a technology-focused approach, JL's expertise in managing global regulatory relationships will prove invaluable.

“Paolo is extremely well-suited to lead Tether into this exciting new era,” said Jean-Louis van der Velde.  “I believe Tether is poised to continue its rapid growth, with a continued focus on emerging markets and transformative technology. I think I can speak for the entire company when I say that we eagerly anticipate Paolo’s leadership as he guides Tether toward a future where finance knows no bounds.”

"It's truly an honor to be entrusted with the role of CEO at Tether,” said Paolo Ardoino. I'm excited to lead our team as we continue to innovate and provide stability in the cryptocurrency and global space. Together with our community, we can build a future that lifts the barriers to our freedoms. We remain committed to transparency, security, and to being an unstoppable force in the seamless integration of digital assets into the global financial ecosystem and beyond."

This strategic transition has been meticulously planned, aligning seamlessly with Tether's long-term strategy. It reaffirms Tether's position as a paramount leader in the crypto industry, backed by substantial resources and poised for expansion into new verticals. This transition also emphasizes Tether's commitment to being a stalwart ally and champion for the future growth and innovation of the crypto industry.

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