(Refiled to correct spelling of firm to Bakkt in last paragraph)
By Anna Irrera and Noor Zainab Hussain
April 23 (Reuters) - The top boss of Bakkt, Mike Blandina, will leave the cryptocurrency trading platform to join JPMorgan Chase & Co to work in payments, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Bakkt’s majority-owner Intercontinental Exchange Inc on Thursday appointed David Clifton as interim chief executive officer to replace Blandina.
Clifton joined ICE in 2008 and is currently its vice president, M&A and integration.
The exchange operator said here Blandina, who was appointed CEO of Bakkt in late December, is leaving to pursue a new opportunity.
A JPMorgan spokeswoman declined to comment.
Blandina had taken over here at Bakkt from Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Bakkt, one of the most well-known cryptocurrency initiatives by an established financial institution, offers trading in physically delivered bitcoin futures - bitcoins are delivered to the Bakkt warehouse when the contracts expire. (Reporting by Anna Irrera in New York and Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)