UPDATE (1st March 1:15am BST): Updated with comment from the Linux Foundation.
An IBM executive has been named as the chairman of the technical committee for the Hyperledger Project, the open-source blockchain initiative launched late last year under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation.
, CTO of open cloud in the IBM cloud division's open technology unit, was elected chairman during a vote that took place earlier this month. The outcome was announced during a committee call on 25th February.
Representatives from a variety of mainstream financial and technology firms, including Accenture, CME Group, Deutsche Boerse, DTCC, IBM, Intel and JPMorgan, as well as blockchain startups Digital Asset Holdings and R3CEV, make up the membership of the committee.
In a statement, the Linux Foundation lauded Ferris and the depth of knowledge he brings to the project, stating:
Ferris will now serve a six-month term, after which point another election will take place.
The meeting also saw a discussion of a joint proposal by IBM and blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings. Up for debate is how the Hyperledger code could take shape in the months ahead, and how two different approaches to blockchain applications could be merged into one.
offers details on the nature of the discussions taking place as Hyperledger participants solidify the project’s governance structure.
The document states:
Members of the Hyperledger technology community are expected to meet next month. According to event minutes, meetings will take place over the course of March.
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