The Tezos Foundation has just announced that Johann Gevers and Diego Olivier Fernandez Pons, have decided to voluntarily step down.
The announcement stated:
“The Tezos Foundation has unanimously appointed Ryan Jesperson and Michel Mauny to the Board. The two new members will replace Johann Gevers and Diego Olivier Fernandez Pons, who decided to voluntarily step down to optimally support the Foundation in the advancement of its mission.”
This clears the way towards a timely launch of the Tezos network. Ryan Jesperson, who became a leading figure in the Tezos community in recent months, is being justly rewarded for working towards this successful resolution to what had become an untenable situation.
As we reported earlier in the week, the situation had become so bad that the developers were considering ‘going rogue’ and launching the Tezos network with a different organisation called T2.
From the press release:
“Ryan Jesperson and Michel Mauny, who will join Lars Haussmann as new members to the Board, are both accomplished professionals. Ryan Jesperson is a dedicated member of the Tezos community. Most recently he was the Chief Operating Officer at Divvy, a FinTech company. He received a BS degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Prior to his work at Divvy, he helped launch the Self-Reliance Services initiative of the LDS Church and was an executive, turnaround specialist and tech entrepreneur in the healthcare industry.
Michel Mauny is a senior researcher at Inria (Paris, France). His scientific interests are mainly in the field of programming languages: design, implementation, semantics, static analysis and type systems. After his PhD at Paris-Diderot University, he joined Inria in 1985 and worked on programming languages, in the research group that designed and developed the Coq proof assistant and the OCaml programming language. From 1989 to 2005 he led the research team that developed OCaml.”