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Reddit CEO Resigns Amid Leadership Reorganization

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian will return to the startup as executive chairman.

Reddit CEO Resigns Amid Leadership Reorganization
Alexis Ohanian [Photo: Flickr user USV]

Reddit revealed Thursday that its chief executive Yishan Wong resigned a week ago amid a management shuffle. Ellen Pao, senior vice president of strategic partnerships, has been named interim CEO.

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Ellen Pao

Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of the community message board, will return to the startup as executive chairman. Dan McComas, whose company redditgifts was acquired three years ago, will serve as senior vice president of product.

Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, who personally contributed to Reddit’s recent $50 million fundraising round, said Wong resigned after a disagreement with the board about the location and lease of a new office. Recently, Wong faced resistance when he announced that all employees would be relocated to San Francisco by the end of the year. He also got in a very public spat with a former employee on Reddit, revealing details of his termination.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal

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