news and opinion|09 June 2021|share

Cardano Foundation appoints Jillian MacNab as new Chairperson of the Council

Sidney VollmerHead of Brand & Communications

ZUG, 9 JUNE 2021. The Cardano Foundation, the non-profit organization and custodian of the Cardano blockchain, is excited to announce the election of Jillian MacNab to the Council with further changes to follow in the coming months.

The current Council has agreed on a new strategic leadership and is taking the first step by appointing Jillian as its new chairperson. Jillian succeeds Nathan Kaiser, General Counsel at SIX Digital Exchange, who will step down as chairperson.

Jillian is a Partner at Kuenzi Hess McNab, attorneys at law, a boutique law firm that provides comprehensive legal, regulatory and compliance advice to organizations across the financial industry. The law firm also specializes in Distributed Ledger Technologies as well as legal topics related to the digital economy including digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Jillian has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, working in various legal and compliance functions at global banks such as Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and UBS.

Jillian MacNab: “I feel honoured to take on this role at such an exciting time for Cardano – ahead of the rollout of smart contracts and decentralized applications – and to build on the successes of the past. The next few months are set to be a significant growth period for the protocol and the Cardano Foundation. I look forward to working with the team in serving the community and advancing Cardano’s mission.

Nathan Kaiser, who has acted as chairperson since 2019, is stepping down as chairperson effective immediately. He will remain on the Council until the end of August 2021 to support Jillian together with the other four Council members to build the foundation for a new supervisory body ahead of the rollout of smart contracts, decentralized applications, and the onboarding of new ecosystem participants.

Nathan Kaiser: “Jillian’s comprehensive knowledge in legal and regulatory affairs, combined with the long list of leadership positions and passion for blockchain and digital assets make her the ideal person for this role. It has been an exciting and fulfilling journey serving as Chairperson. I am very grateful for the experience and proud of what the team and Council has accomplished over the past three years”.

The appointment of Jillian is part of the Cardano Foundation’s continued efforts to promote institutional adoption by acquiring additional expertise and strengthening its organizational structure further in order to adapt to the rapidly changing blockchain environment.

About the Cardano Foundation: The Cardano Foundation is an independent Swiss not-for-profit organization that oversees and supervises the advancement of Cardano and its ecosystem. The Foundation’s core mission is to further advance Cardano and its ecosystem with a strong focus on sustainability and institutional adoption. As the custodian of the protocol, the Foundation works to enhance the quality and diversity of total on-chain activity, expand its connective infrastructure and tools, increase blockchain utility and resilience as well as shape legislation, and commercial standards. Find out more here: