Crypto-Friendly CFTC Commissioner Tarbert to Leave Regulator Friday

Heath Tarbert is leaving the regulator after an 18-month tenure that included debut of an ether futures contract.

AccessTimeIconMar 3, 2021 at 7:14 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:20 p.m. UTC

Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath Tarbert announced in a Wednesday tweet that he will officially depart the federal regulatory agency Friday.

  • His tenure as chairman included the classification of ether as a commodity, the launch of ether futures contracts and an expansion of regulated crypto derivative products.
  • Tarbert had previously said his 18-month term would end once President Joe Biden took office. He stepped down from the chairmanship in January and was replaced acting chairman Rostin Behnam.
  • Biden has not yet nominated a permanent replacement but crypto-savvy academic Chris Brummer is said to be in the lead for the position.

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