Brad Garlinghouse

Bradley Kent Garlinghouse (born February 6, 1971) is the Chief Executive Officer at the leading provider of -enabled solutions for businesses. Prior to Ripple, Brad served as the CEO of file collaboration service Hightail. He was President of Consumer Applications at AOL from 2009 to 2012 and held various positions at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2009, including Senior Vice President.[7][8]

Brad formerly served as CEO of Dialpad Communications, held management positions at SBC Communications and Home Network, and was an advisor to Silverlake Partners. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Animoto and OutMatch and has held board positions at and Tonic Health.[9][10]


Brad Garlinghouse was born and raised in Kansas. He graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard Business School.[11]

About Brad

wikiBrad Garlinghouse is the CEO at Ripple. He joined Ripple as COO in April 2015, reporting to the then-CEO and co-founder Chris Larsen. He was promoted to CEO in December 2016.

He was formerly the CEO and Chairman of Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), the file-sharing site. Before Hightail, he was President of Consumer Applications at AOL for two years, after his role as Senior Vice President at Yahoo! running its Communications business which included the Homepage, Flickr, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Messenger. While at Yahoo! he penned the famous Peanut Butter Manifesto[1]  calling for a shake-up at the then-fledgling Internet company. [2]

Garlinghouse also had stints at Silver Lake Partners, @Ventures, @Home Network, and SBC Communications, and was CEO of Dialpad Communications. He is an active angel investor in over 40 companies including hardware company Pure Storage, AI startup Diffbot, and Indigo Agriculture.[3]  He is a board member at Animoto, [4] and OutMatch. He previously held board positions at, [5] and Tonic Health. [6]

Work Experience

OrganizationPositionWork Duration
President and COO2016 - Present
AnimotoBoard Member2012 - Dec 2017
Ancestry.comBoard Member2013 - 2016
Hightail - formerly YouSendItCEOMay 2012 - Sep 2014
AOLPresident, Applications and CommerceSep 2009 - Dec 2011
Silver LakeSenior AdviserFeb 2009 - Sep 2009
YahooSVP Communications Community&Front DoorsFeb 2003 - Aug 2008
DialpadCEO2000 - 2001
@VenturesGeneral Partner1999 - 2000
@Home NetworkBus Dev1997 - 1999[12]

SEC Drops Case against Ripple Executives

On October 19, 2023, The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dismissed all of its aiding and abetting claims against Ripple Labs executives Brad Garlinghouse and in its lawsuit alleging the blockchain company violated U.S. securities law, according to a court filing in New York on Thursday. The SEC voted to dismiss charges with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again. [16] [18]

After all claims were dropped Brad Garlinghouse was quoted in a Ripple press release:

"For nearly three years, Chris and I have been the subject of baseless allegations from a rogue regulator with a political agenda. Instead of looking for the criminals stealing customer funds on offshore exchanges that were courting political favor, the SEC went after the good guys - along with our entire company of innovators and entrepreneurs - who are building a regulated business based in the U.S. We look forward to the day this chapter is closed once and for all, now that the SEC has dropped the curtain on their absurd theatrics against Chris and me." [17]

The case originally began on December 23, 2020, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a complaint alleging that Garlinghouse, Ripple Labs, and Ripple Chairman Chris Larsen had committed multiple breaches of securities laws. [14][15]

About Ripple

wikiRipple is the leading provider of crypto-enabled solutions for businesses. Its mission is to build breakthrough solutions for a world without economic borders.

Its solutions are faster, more transparent, and more cost-effective solving inefficiencies that have long defined the status quo. And together with partners and the larger developer community, we identify use cases where technology will inspire new business models and create opportunities for more people.

Ripple uses XRP in its solutions because it’s fast, efficient, reliable, and carbon-neutral and because it seamlessly supports our customers’ compliance efforts.[13]

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