Chris Amani, who formerly served as the COO and later the CFO, has taken over as the CEO of Terraform Labs, the developer of the Terra ecosystem, succeeding the co-founder, Do Kwon. Do Kwon, unfortunately, faced legal issues and is currently incarcerated, necessitating the leadership change. Amani hopes for Kwon’s exoneration from the accusations despite the challenges Terra faced with its UST stablecoin.
In the Wall Street Journal report on July 19, it was mentioned that Terraform Labs managed to revitalize the project without resorting to algorithmic stablecoins, and they will continue operations with approximately 40 staff members. Notably, the company decided against introducing a new stablecoin to replace TerraUSD.
The leadership transition comes after Do Kwon’s apprehension by Montenegrin authorities in March, where he maintains his innocence regarding any misconduct allegations. Subsequently, in late June, Swiss authorities reportedly froze around $26 million in Bitcoin belonging to Kwon.
Despite facing setbacks, such as the crash of its flagship project, the Terra [UST] stablecoin, and its companion token, Luna [LUNA], in May 2022, Terraform Labs continues to operate in Singapore.
The new CEO’s optimism will be closely monitored by the global community. However, it’s worth noting that Amani did not address Daniel Shin or the others indicted by South Korean prosecutors, nor did he mention Kwon, who still holds a controlling share of the company’s stocks.