Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Resigns

Ellen Pao - H 2015
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Ellen Pao - H 2015

Her departure from the site comes after a week of backlash stemming from the unexplained firing of Victoria Taylor.

Ellen Pao has resigned from her post as interim CEO of Reddit.

Sam Altman, a Reddit board member, released a statement on Friday, stating that Pao's resignation was a "mutual agreement."

Steve Huffman, founder of Reddit and the site's original CEO, will return to his post as CEO and replace Pao.

"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," the statement reads. "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."

Pao's departure from the site comes after a week of backlash stemming from the firing of popular Reddit employee Victoria Taylor on July 2, which incited outrage from longtime Reddit users who blamed Pao for Taylor's abrupt dismissal. 

Altman addressed the controversy at the end of his statement, writing that "it was sickening to see some of the things redditors wrote about Ellen."

He continued, "The reduction in compassion that happens when we’re all behind computer screens is not good for the world. People are still people even if there is Internet between you. If the reddit community cannot learn to balance authenticity and compassion, it may be a great website but it will never be a truly great community. Steve’s great challenge as CEO will be continuing the work Ellen started to drive this forward."