RadiumOne Fires CEO

Gurbaksh Chahal gone after months-long controversy over abuse

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RadiumOne's board of directors last night voted to fire chief executive officer Gurbaksh Chahal after he pleaded guilty to charges of physically abusing his girlfriend last summer.

The San Francisco-based marketing software company announced the move today, within hours of Chahal publishing a blog post, dubbed Can You Handle The Truth?, while evidently attempting to save his job. Chief operating officer Bill Lonergan has been named RadiumOne's new CEO.

Chahal was reportedly caught on security video striking his girlfriend 117 times in about a half hour on Aug. 5, 2013. The San Francisco police responded to a domestic abuse 911 call at his apartment on that day and arrested the 31-year-old tech exec before he posted $1 million in bail and started organizing his legal defense, according to multiple reports.

Earlier this month, Chahal avoided jail time for the incident but pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges. He was sentenced to three years' probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training program and 25 hours of community service.

This weekend, the RadiumOne brass decided his time with the company was over.

"At a board meeting yesterday evening, RadiumOne's board of directors voted to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and chairman of the company," read a RadiumOne statement. "We are confident [Bill Lonergan] will continue RadiumOne's impressive trajectory."

RadiumOne is a notable player in the social advertising and digital programmatic realms, servicing online efforts for brands such as Del Monte pet food Nature's Recipe.

Meanwhile, Chahal's no stranger to media attention—though until recently, it was usually positive.

In 2009, ExtraTV named him one of America's "most eligible bachelors." At age 16, he founded Web advertising company ClickAgents, which he later sold for $40 million to ValueClick. By the time he was 25, he had sold Blue Lithium to Yahoo for $300 million.

@Chris_Heine Christopher Heine is a New York-based editor and writer.