Tezos Foundation Strengthens Governance and Management Teams

January 11, 2019

The Tezos Foundation is expanding its leadership team. Attorney at Law Ulrich Sauter, an experienced expert for financial products, fintech, corporate governance, and compliance, has been appointed as General Counsel of the Tezos Foundation. Additionally, Eelco Fiole, investment executive and adjunct professor for finance ethics, has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Blockchain and tech entrepreneur […]

The Tezos Foundation is expanding its leadership team. Attorney at Law Ulrich Sauter, an experienced expert for financial products, fintech, corporate governance, and compliance, has been appointed as General Counsel of the Tezos Foundation. Additionally, Eelco Fiole, investment executive and adjunct professor for finance ethics, has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Blockchain and tech entrepreneur Lily Liu has joined as an advisor to the Board of the Foundation. With their combined experience and expertise, they boost the capabilities of the Tezos Foundation.

After the successful launch of the Tezos mainnet last year, the Tezos Foundation is focused on how it can best support the further development of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. With the appointment of two senior executives, Ulrich Sauter and Eelco Fiole, the Foundation takes an important step forward by strengthening its internal expertise and capabilities. “We look forward to having Ulrich Sauter, Eelco Fiole and Lily Liu work with the Foundation to bring crucial governance, financial, and industry-specific experience,” says Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation.

Ulrich Sauter has more than 20 years of professional experience in the financial and legal industry. Before joining Zurich-based law firm Naegeli & Partners Attorneys at Law Ltd. as counsel, he worked as general counsel and member of the executive committee for Leonteq. His international work experience and his focus on governance and compliance will bring valuable insight to the Tezos Foundation.

Eelco Fiole is co-founder and sole managing partner of Alpha Governance Partners, an international risk-governance focused fiduciary services firm. With 25 years in the financial services industry, he has almost a decade of fiduciary COO- and CFO-experience in alternative investments, wealth management, and blockchain and will help to further develop the Tezos Foundation’s strategy around governance and risk diversification. Eelco is an Adjunct Professor in Finance Ethics at the University of Lausanne. He states: “Observing the increasing maturity and institutionalization in the blockchain space, the Tezos Foundation is excellently positioned to be a leading model for robust governance, supporting cutting-edge technological development and protocol adoption globally”.

Lily Liu joined as an advisor to the Board of the Tezos Foundation in November of last year. Lily has an extensive background in private equity and the blockchain ecosystem. She is a co-founder of Earn.com, a blockchain startup acquired by Coinbase in 2018, and will work closely with the Board of the Tezos Foundation to advise on ecosystem development and overall strategy.

Tezos is a self-amending blockchain that successfully launched in June 2018. It has a strong global community that is growing rapidly. The Swiss-based Tezos Foundation supports the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem by funding initiatives from scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts to encourage decentralized development and robust participation.

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