Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Appoints Ethereum Foundation’s Aya Miyaguchi to the EEA Board and Launches Mainnet Initiative

August 6, 2019

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today announced the addition of a newly appointed Board member, Ethereum Foundation’s Aya Miyaguchi, and the formation of the EEA Mainnet Initiative, a technical working group designed to accelerate and lead the collaboration between enterprises and the mainnet and vice versa.

NEW YORK, NY – Aug. 6, 2019 – The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today announced the addition of a newly appointed Board member, Ethereum Foundation’s Aya Miyaguchi, and the formation of the EEA Mainnet Initiative, a technical working group designed to accelerate and lead the collaboration between enterprises and the mainnet and vice versa.

“It is with great excitement that the EEA welcomes Aya Miyaguchi as the newest member of the Alliance’s Board. Aya, who serves as the Ethereum Foundation’s Executive Director, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the EEA and will be a tremendous asset as we continue to build out our roadmap,” said EEA Executive Director Ron Resnick.

As a member of the EEA Board of Directors, Aya will take part in guiding the organization’s vision, and in other initiatives as part of her participation with the EEA.

“This is an exciting time,” said Ethereum Foundation Executive Director and EEA Director Aya Miyaguchi. “As blockchain adoption accelerates, it’s important that the Ethereum Foundation work to connect businesses with the latest research and development coming from our worldwide community, and that we convey our challenges and experiences while better understanding those impacting industries. I hope that this common understanding and cooperation will bring Ethereum’s technology more broadly and effectively to the world.”

The EEA Mainnet Initiative

The EEA has also today unveiled the Mainnet Initiative, a technical working group that will provide a venue for interactions and collaboration between the EEA’s enterprise and startup members and those working on the mainnet’s technology and interoperability advances. This working group will strive to ensure that Ethereum, like the internet, will work for all.

By examining how to harmonize the way industries and ecosystems work on the blockchain, the Initiative will seek to understand how public network components match the commercial market requirements needed to allow the world to connect to Ethereum – the predominant blockchain network for exchanging value and conducting business.

To learn more about the Mainnet Initiative, EEA members can visit the Membership Collaboration site or interested companies can reach out to [email protected] The EEA will also hold interactive discussions covering the most current Enterprise Ethereum, and Mainnet Initiative advances at the Ethereum Foundation’s flagship developer conference, Devcon5, October 8-11, 2019, in Osaka, Japan.

EEA Board Member Supporting Quotes:

“The EEA is very pleased to welcome Aya to its board of directors,” said John Whelan, EEA chairman of the Board and managing director of Digital Investment Banking, Banco Santander. “As time progresses, it is increasingly likely that there will be a convergence between private permissioned blockchains and public blockchains.  As such, Aya’s presence on the board of the EEA helps to ensure closer alignment between the direction of the Ethereum mainnet and its enterprise derivatives.”

“In the past year, we have seen the great acceleration of interest in and adoption of Ethereum technology by the enterprise. Notably, there have been tangible and committed efforts to use Ethereum mainnet by the enterprise and to build infrastructure for mainnet that will also serve many business use cases for the long term.  Major organizations from the big four and big tech to pharma, major financial service companies, central banks, and large energy companies are all turning significant attention to Ethereum.  The Ethereum Foundation and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance are two of the most important stewards of the Ethereum ecosystem, and both organizations are committed to evolving the technology so that it serves mainstream enterprise and government as well as the next generation Web 3.0-based decentralized digital economy.  It is great to see both organizations continue to work together and strengthen their collaboration on multiple fronts,” said Joseph Lubin, EEA Board member, co-founder of Ethereum, and founder of ConsenSys.

“The rapid acceleration of technology innovation around the Ethereum mainnet is changing how consumer-facing industries will deliver value through peer-to-peer transactions and services. To achieve global interoperability and scalability, the Ethereum Mainnet Initiative brings those at the forefront of this revolution together to define the building blocks needed to drive interoperability,” said Marley Gray, EEA board member, Token Taxonomy Initiative chair, and principal architect, Microsoft.

About the EEA

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is a member-driven standards organization whose charter is to develop open blockchain specifications that drive harmonization and interoperability for businesses and consumers worldwide. Our global community of members is made up of leaders, adopters, innovators, developers, and businesses who collaborate to create an open, decentralized web for the benefit of everyone. The EEA also hosts the blockchain-neutral Token Taxonomy Initiative formed to define and understand tokens. To learn more about the Token Taxonomy Initiative, please reach out to [email protected] For information about joining the EEA, please contact [email protected]