Zug, Switzerland — August 29, 2019 — Today the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) announced it has named Walter Kok its new chief executive officer (CEO). Kok assumes the role after serving as the organization’s chief operating officer (COO) for the past eight months. In that role he was responsible for bringing the Energy Web Chain live, a milestone EWF unveiled at Event Horizon in Berlin in June. Kok has extensive experience in software development and digital marketplace development, including senior roles at companies such as Vodafone Global Enterprise, NEC Corporation, and immediately prior to joining EWF as COO, ING Bank.
“I am honored and proud that the Foundation Council asked me to lead EWF into its next phase. I joined EWF because of its mission and it is extremely inspiring to be able to help deliver it,” said Kok. “In my vision, it is all about putting the power back into the hands of the people with the strong belief that a customer-centric grid—leveraging blockchain and complementary decentralized technologies—will accelerate the energy transition toward renewables and efficiency.”
EWF extends its sincerest thanks to outgoing CEO Hervé Touati for his entrepreneurial leadership. Touati designed and launched EWF as one of its two co-founders three years ago. He served as the first chair of EWF’s board (Foundation Council), and then as its first operating CEO. Under Touati’s leadership, EWF assembled the world’s largest energy blockchain ecosystem of over 100 affiliates, set up a team of highly talented software developers and energy market specialists, and launched the world’s first open blockchain tailor-made for the energy sector.
“The launch of the Energy Web Chain earlier this year was a milestone, not only for blockchain but also for the energy sector globally. Now we have the necessary foundational digital infrastructure to truly tap into the tremendous value that growing customer adoption of renewable energy and distributed energy resources (DERs) can deliver,” said Touati. “When I recruited Walter to EWF, I knew he was going to be an enormous asset to the organization. I could not be leaving EWF in better hands as Walter guides EWF into its next phase of growth.”
Touati will continue to serve EWF as a senior advisor to the Foundational Council board.
“It is impressive how rapidly EWF has assembled such a large community of corporations—utilities, grid operators, energy companies, IT companies, software developers—some of whom are now serving as decentralized validators of the network and also building applications to run on the Energy Web Chain,” said Etienne Gehain, digital innovation officer at Engie and EWF Foundation Council member. “We are incredibly excited about the momentum that has been created as we look ahead to the next phase in the Energy Web’s growth.”
About Energy Web Foundation
Energy Web Foundation (EWF) is a global, member-driven nonprofit accelerating a low-carbon, customer-centric electricity system by unleashing the potential of blockchain and decentralized technologies. EWF focuses on technology integration and development, co-creating standards and architectures, speeding adoption, and building community.
In mid-2019, EWF launched the Energy Web Chain, the world’s first enterprise-grade, open-source blockchain platform tailored to the sector’s regulatory, operational, and market needs. EWF also fostered the world’s largest energy blockchain ecosystem, comprising utilities, grid operators, renewable energy developers, corporate energy buyers, and others.
The Energy Web has become the industry’s leading energy blockchain partner and most-respected voice of authority on energy blockchain.
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