Mumbai: United Stock Exchange Chief T S Narayanasami has quit as Managing Director of the country's newest bourse, just over a year after it commenced operations.
"T S Narayansami has resigned for personal reasons from being MD (Managing Director). However, he will remain on the board of USE (United Stock Exchange)," the exchange said in a statement.
When contacted, Narayanasami confirmed that he has tendered his resignation, but did not divulge the reasons or any further details.
However, industry sources said that Narayanasami had some differences with other senior management personnel and certain promoters of the exchange, which led to his resignation.
Speculation has been doing the rounds for a couple of months now about the imminent exit of Narayanasami from the USE (United Stock Exchange), but he has previously scotched such rumours.
The resignation comes within a month of the USE completing one year of operations.
The exchange, which is present only in the currency derivatives segment, completed its first year of operations on September 20, 2011, and has managed an average market share of 22 percent in recent months.
The average daily trading volume on the exchange is in excess of Rs 10,000 crore.
Its shareholders include the country's leading bourse BSE, Jaypee Capital Sevices Limited, MMTC Limited, Indian Potash Limited and a host of public and private sector banks.
In the past, Narayanasami is said to have had differences with certain promoters and board members over the levy of transaction charges in currency trading and over plans to expand the USE's presence into other segments such as equity trading.
Earlier, in August, Narayanasami had said that USE would hold a board meeting by the month-end to decide on the levy of transaction charges, but the exchange is yet to charge anything for this market segment, although two of its rivals, the NSE and MCX-SX, have already begun levying a fee.
Also, there have been reports about a conflict of interest and a possible breach of fair trade practices due to one of its largest shareholders, Jaypee Capital, being a major trader also on the exchange.
The reports have said that about 80 per cent of currency derivatives trade volumes on the USE come from Jaypee Capital alone.