Adam White is set to depart Bakkt, and is walking away with millions of shares

Digital asset platform Bakkt is losing its best-known executive. 

Adam White—who was Coinbase's fifth employee—announced Thursday that he is leaving the company he helped launch back in 2018.

"After a great 3+ years at Bakkt, next week will be my last," he wrote in a tweet.

"I’ve loved working at [the] intersection of crypto + markets and good to see the industry finding the balance between innovation & regulation." 

It's not clear if White is leaving for a different position in the industry. As per a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gavin Michael—Bakkt's current CEO—will "assume the additional title of President following Mr. White's separation." 

In an email to staff reviewed by The Block, Michael said "We know Adam will be keeping a close eye on Bakkt’s growth, and we feel lucky to have him as an advocate for our work and vision."

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"We’re fortunate to have a deep bench of leaders that are well positioned to help Bakkt achieve its vision of connecting the digital economy," the Australia-native added. 

A spokeswoman added: "We thank Adam for his leadership and contributions to Bakkt."

As part of White's separation agreement, he will retain 14,062,500 "incentive units" that will convert to rights to receive ~2.7 million of "Common Units of Bakkt Holdings, LLC and Class V Shares" of Bakkt after a six-month lock up period, according to the filing. 

As COO and then later president, White oversaw Bakkt's transition from an institutional-focused custody and derivatives business to a retail app that allows users to swap