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Celsius Network’s CEL Price Tanks 10% After CEO Alex Mashinsky Steps Down

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Updated by Ryan Boltman
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In Brief

  • Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky to step down immediately.
  • Mashinsky said he is committed to helping the company move forward.
  • The CEL token tanked 10% following the announcement.
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CEO of embattled crypto lender Celsius Alex Mashinsky has resigned as the company’s CEO as it faces Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York.

In a letter to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the Celsius Network, the former Celsius boss said,

“Effective immediately, please accept my resignation as CEO of Celsius Network Ltd, as well as my directorships and other positions at each of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, with the exception of my director position at Celsius Network Ltd. I regret that my continued role as CEO has become an increasing distraction, and I am very sorry about the difficult financial circumstances members of our community are facing. Since the pause, I have worked tirelessly to help the Company and its advisors put forward a viable plan for the Company to return coins to creditors in the fairest and most efficient way. I am committed to helping the Company continue to flesh out and promote that plan, in order to help account holders become whole.”

Company revival seems short-lived

The announcement comes after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as leveraged bets made at the height of the crypto bull market started to unwind earlier this year, leaving customers bereft of $4.7 billion. It paused customer withdrawals in June 2022, citing volatile market conditions.

No successor to Mashinsky has been named as of yet.

Just two weeks ago, Mashinsky floated a daring plan to revitalize the failing company by introducing a new crypto wallet and charging special fees for transactions. The plan was met with skepticism from employees.

Following the announcement, the company’s native CEL token fell 10%

Shortly after the announcement, the price decreased by 11%, leading to a low of 1.31. This was the lowest price since Sept. 9 and the sharpest hourly decrease since Sept. 18 (red icons)

CEL Short-term
CEL/USD Chart By TradingView

Future movement

CEL has been increasing alongside an ascending support line since June 13. The rate of increase accelerated on Aug. 7, and the price reached a high of $4.63 on Aug. 13. This seemingly caused a breakout above the $2.10 resistance area.

However, the breakout turned out to be only a deviation, since the price fell below the area shortly afterward. Additionally, it validated it as resistance one more on Sept. 15, creating a very long upper wick (red icon), which is considered a sign of selling pressure.

Now, CEL has returned back to the ascending support line. A breakdown below it would likely lead to new yearly lows.

Due to the rejection from the aforementioned resistance and the RSI decrease below 50 (red circle), a breakdown from the ascending support line would be the most likely scenario.

CEL Movement
CEL/USD Chart By TradingView

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David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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