In a strategic move, Tether, the prominent stablecoin issuer, has announced the appointment of Paolo Ardoino, currently serving as Chief Technology Officer, as its new CEO effective December 2023.

Paolo Ardoino Takes the Helm: A New Era Begins

Come December 2023, Paolo Ardoino, Tether’s Chief Technology Officer since 2017, is slated to step into the role of CEO, marking a pivotal moment for the company. This transition, Tether notes, is a natural progression, given Ardoino’s instrumental role in driving the company’s expansion strategy.

As part of this transition, Jean-Louis van der Velde, the outgoing CEO, will transition to an advisory position within Tether while maintaining his leadership role at Tether’s sister company, Bitfinex. Ardoino, in addition to his new role, will continue as CTO for Bitfinex and Chief Strategy Officer for the Bitcoin Layer 2 solution, Holepunch.

A Glimpse into Ardoino’s Strategy

Tether emphasizes that this leadership change aligns with its commitment to actively explore diverse business operations. This includes ventures into peer-to-peer communications, renewable energy, resilient data storage, and a notable foray into Bitcoin mining. Ardoino’s multifaceted role also involves overseeing the technology department at Tether for the foreseeable future.

Paolo Ardoino, Tether's new CEO

The decision to appoint Ardoino as CEO stems from his impactful contributions beyond organizational roles. Tether highlights Ardoino’s expertise in Holepunch, Bitcoin mining, hardware, and artificial intelligence. His efforts toward enhancing freedom and fostering innovation have positioned him as one of the community’s most influential figures.

According to a Tether spokesperson, Ardoino envisions Tether as a tech powerhouse poised to revolutionize the industry. The company aims to play a crucial role as an infrastructure partner in developing resilient cities and countries. Tether’s mission extends to expanding the influence of USD and Bitcoin in global trade and exchange.

Continued Expansion: Tether’s Ventures into Bitcoin Mining

Building on its commitment to the Bitcoin mining industry, Tether has actively pursued mining operations in 2023. In May, a mining operation was launched in Uruguay, marking a strategic move. Tether has further solidified its position by introducing Tether BTC mining software in August 2023.

Notably, the company invested in German crypto miner Northern Data Group in September 2023, emphasizing its support for artificial intelligence initiatives.

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