On February 1, 2018, following Ming Chan's departure from the organization, the Ethereum Foundation announced the appointment of a new executive director, Aya Miyaguchi.
On the foundation's official blog, a heartfelt goodbye was made to Chan, who had steered the organization through troubled waters since 2015. Her tenure saw the building of meaningful relationships across industries toward the open-source development of Ethereum blockchain protocols. Perhaps most noteworthy was the leadership and support she provided at turbulent times, such as the DAO hack, and amidst the DoS attacks that took place in 2016.
With Chan's farewell, Miyaguchi takes the stage as the Ethereum Foundation's new executive director, bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. Her previous roles include serving as VP of Operations and Managing Director for Kraken's Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, where she worked closely with regulators in an educational capacity.
In a statement, Miyaguchi spoke of her understanding of the necessary steps that must be taken toward the continued growth and success of the Ethereum Foundation.
"Having been involved in different layers of the blockchain ecosystem, I am aware of the improvements that need to happen at the core level of the Ethereum platform, and that these improvements can only happen with the support of a strong community. I am excited to be taking on this role, and to support the research and development efforts and the relationships within the community."
Miyaguchi possesses an MBA in Marketing and Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from Nanzan University. While pursuing her MBA, Miyaguchi extensively studied microfinance, becoming fascinated with blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies as a means of financial inclusion.
With these innovations in the data and financial space beginning to gain mainstream attention, 2018 is sure to be full of challenges and forward momentum for the Ethereum blockchain and its ecosystem.