I don't see Ned stepping down. He has no reason to step down. However, if he did, I think the perfect replacement will be Elear. Utopian is one of the biggest project on the blockchain and has given birth to numerous big projects.
This shows that he has the quality to lead. He knows the right people to bring together. Utopian response following the hack is another example of him being a great leader and why he is a great fit for the post.