Wayne Gattinella, CEO of ad-tech company DoubleVerify, stepped down following a report by the New York Post about his private life.
Gattinella described the Feb. 22 story, which made fresh allegations in the death of a former colleague with whom he allegedly had an extramarital affair, as “false and defamatory.”
Gattinella stepped down as president and CEO of DoubleVerify late Friday “by mutual agreement” with the company’s board of directors, according to a statement on the company’s website. DoubleVerify is now working with “a leading executive search firm” to find a permanent successor, with a source telling Adweek that recruitment firm Spencer Stuart is involved.
In the interim, ad industry veteran and DoubleVerify board member Laura Desmond will lead the recently established “office of the CEO,” which will assume Gattinella’s responsibilities until a permanent successor is appointed.
“DoubleVerify is led by a deep bench of outstanding senior talent, and I look forward to working closely with them during this interim period to ensure the continued success of the business and a seamless leadership transition,” Desmond said in a statement.
“It has truly been an honor and privilege to lead the DoubleVerify team for the past eight years,” Gattinella added. “I’m deeply grateful for the enormous talent and commitment of all DV employees, and leave with the confidence that the company is in strong hands.”