Ellen Pao Resigns as Reddit CEO; Founder Steve Huffman Takes Over

In the latest chapter of the Reddit revolt, Ellen Pao announced Friday that she is stepping down as CEO. Steve Huffman, the founder and former CEO of Reddit, will return to his old post.

In the latest chapter of the Reddit revolt, Ellen Pao announced Friday that she is stepping down as CEO. Steve Huffman, the founder and former CEO of Reddit, will return to his old post.

Sam Altman, a Reddit board member, discussed the transition in a post:

We are thankful for Ellen’s many contributions to reddit and the technology industry generally. She brought focus to chaos, recruited a world-class team of executives, and drove growth. She brought a face to reddit that changed perceptions, and is a pioneer for women in the tech industry. She will remain as an advisor to the board through the end of 2015. I look forward to seeing the great things she does beyond that.

We’re very happy to have Steve back. Product and community are the two legs ofreddit, and the board was very focused on finding a candidate who excels at both (truthfully,community is harder), which Steve does. He has the added bonus of being a founder with ten years ofreddit history in his head. Steve is rejoining Alexis (Ohanian), who will work alongside Steve with the new title of “cofounder”.

Pao came under heavy criticism following the dismissal of popular director of talent, Victoria Taylor. Several subreddits shut down under protest and redditors have been increasingly critical of Pao’s leadership.

Here’s Pao’s resignation, in her own words:

In my eight months as reddit’s CEO, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly on reddit. The good has been off-the-wall inspiring, and the ugly made me doubt humanity.

I just want to remind everyone that I am just another human; I have a family, and I have feelings. Everyone attacked on reddit is just another person like you and me. When people make something up to attack me or someone else, it spreads, and we eventually will see it. And we will feel bad, not just about what was said. Also because it undercuts the authenticity of reddit and shakes our faith in humanity.

What has far outshone the hate has been the positive on reddit. Thank you, kind strangers, for expressing your support. You gilded me 100 times. (For those of you who apologized for generating a wave of accusations that I gilded myself, please don’t feel bad. You did a good thing.) And thank you for sending cute animal pics and encouraging me to “Stay safe!” when the site overheated with expressions of hate in various forms. There were some days when your PMs inspired me more than you can imagine.

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