Andresen steps down as lead developer for Bitcoin Foundation today. His responsibilities of maintaining core code for the Bitcoin system were given to Wladimir van der Laan, a dutch computer scientist with a PhD in computer graphics.
— Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen) April 7, 2014
Andresen will continue his role as Chief Scientist of Bitcoin Foundation and said he will enjoy being able to concentrate more on protocol-level Bitcoin issues.
I enjoy coding, and I think I’ll be most effective as Chief Scientist if I don’t lose touch with engineering reality and make the mistake of building huge, beautiful, theoretical castles that exist only as whitepapers.