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Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein resigns; Goldman Sachs executive to assume his position

Michael Sonnenshein, the CEO of Grayscale, the foremost crypto asset manager, has declared his resignation.

Michael Sonnenshein has stepped down as CEO of Grayscale Investments, ending a significant tenure at the helm of the leading crypto asset manager. His successor, Peter Mintzberg, who is currently the global head of strategy for asset and wealth management at Goldman Sachs, will take over on August 15. Until then, Grayscale’s CFO Edward McGee will serve as interim CEO.

Sonnenshein’s departure marks the end of a transformative period for Grayscale. Having joined the company in 2014, Sonnenshein rose to CEO in 2021. He played a crucial role in the firm’s growth and its efforts to push for the approval of Bitcoin ETFs in the United States. Under his leadership, Grayscale not only grew its assets under management but also became a pivotal player in the crypto investment landscape.

In a statement, Sonnenshein expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to lead Grayscale and his confidence in the firm’s future. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside such smart, passionate people to grow Grayscale into an industry titan over the last decade,” he said. “The crypto asset class is at an important inflection point, and this is the right moment for a smooth transition.”

Barry Silbert, CEO of Grayscale’s parent company Digital Currency Group, praised Sonnenshein’s contributions and welcomed Mintzberg’s appointment. “Michael guided the firm through exponential growth and oversaw its pivotal role in bringing spot bitcoin ETFs to market, leading the way for the broader financial industry,” Silbert wrote. “We are excited to welcome Peter Mintzberg as Grayscale’s CEO, effective August 15.”

Mintzberg brings over 20 years of experience in traditional finance, having held significant positions at BlackRock, OppenheimerFunds, and Invesco. His extensive background in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations is expected to be invaluable as Grayscale navigates its next phase of growth.

Sonnenshein’s departure comes at a time of both achievements and challenges for Grayscale. Earlier this year, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) was converted into an ETF, marking a significant milestone for the firm. However, the fund has experienced substantial outflows and faces stiff competition from other Bitcoin ETFs with lower management fees.

Despite these hurdles, Grayscale remains a dominant force in the crypto asset management space, with its GBTC being the largest Bitcoin ETF by on-chain investments. The firm continues to hold a significant market share, though it is closely followed by competitors such as BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust.

As the company transitions to new leadership, the industry will be watching closely to see how Grayscale adapts and continues to innovate in the rapidly evolving crypto investment landscape.

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