Cory Johnson has left the building!

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Coindesk has reported that Cory Johnson, Ripple’s Chief Market Strategist has left the company.

Tom Channick, a Ripple spokesperson, confirmed the news with CoinDesk after it emerged that Johnson had deleted references to Ripple and his role at the company from his Twitter account.

Channick sent this statement to Coindesk: “Cory’s last year at Ripple was a success in representing the company to investors, press and regulators. Cory helped Ripple with strategy internally and overall industry education. But due to changes in market conditions, we’ve chosen to eliminate the role of Chief Market Strategist.”

The news is something of a shock as Johnson was one of the most outspoken voices in the crypto industry and a highly visible ambassador for Ripple’s various platforms. As Coindesk suggests, he was something of a Ripple evangelist.

Johnson was often controversial. In a Coindesk interview at the World Blockchain Forum last year, he blamed the lack of uptake of Ripple’s services by the banking community on the “major banks’ failure to provide a custody solution.” On the other hand he did acknowledge that the business community was shifting to a more positive attitude to crypto: “I sat with a bunch of people, a major customer, yesterday and there were 10 people in the room they had a lot of questions,” he said at the time. “But I’ll also tell you when there’s 10 people in the room there no deal getting signed. So there’s still some exploration happening and I don’t know where our customer count is going to be.”

Coindesk tried to contact Johnson for a comment on his departure from Ripple, but got no response.

, Ripple’s Chief Market Strategist has left the company.

Tom Channick, a Ripple spokesperson, confirmed the news with CoinDesk after it emerged that Johnson had deleted references to Ripple and his role at the company from his Twitter account.

Channick sent this statement to Coindesk: “Cory’s last year at Ripple was a success in representing the company to investors, press and regulators. Cory helped Ripple with strategy internally and overall industry education. But due to changes in market conditions, we’ve chosen to eliminate the role of Chief Market Strategist.”

The news is something of a shock as Johnson was one of the most outspoken voices in the crypto industry and a highly visible ambassador for Ripple’s various platforms. As Coindesk suggests, he was something of a Ripple evangelist.

Johnson was often controversial. In a Coindesk interview at the World Blockchain Forum last year, he blamed the lack of uptake of Ripple’s services by the banking community on the “major banks’ failure to provide a custody solution.” On the other hand he did acknowledge that the business community was shifting to a more positive attitude to crypto: “I sat with a bunch of people, a major customer, yesterday and there were 10 people in the room they had a lot of questions,” he said at the time. “But I’ll also tell you when there’s 10 people in the room there no deal getting signed. So there’s still some exploration happening and I don’t know where our customer count is going to be.”

Coindesk tried to contact Johnson for a comment on his departure from Ripple, but got no response.

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