GitHub has a new Chief Executive Officer, with current CEO Nat Friedman announcing his attention to step down. And it is almost with immediate effect, with Friedman to leave his role on November 15, 2021. His replacement is current Chief Product Officer Thomas Dohmke.
Although, Friedman is not entirely leaving GitHub behind. Instead, he will become Chairman Emeritus. It also seems that Friedman will leave Microsoft entirely when he leaves GitHub. According to the executive, he is targeting a return to innovation and business growth:
“With all that we’ve accomplished in mind, and more than five great years at Microsoft under my belt, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go back to my startup roots,” he says.
“That’s why I’m moving on to my next adventure: to support, advise, and invest in the founders and developers who are creating the future with technology and tackling some of the biggest opportunities of our day.”
In his lengthy announcement note, Nat Friedman also talks up Dohmke, explaining why he is the perfect successor.
“Thomas has served developers for decades and played a pivotal role in making the GitHub acquisition a success. He has built software for industries ranging from insurance software and automotive to mobile apps. In 2011, he co-founded HockeyApp to solve his own pain points as a developer… I couldn’t be more excited for the future of GitHub under his leadership.”
Friedman also discusses GitHub’s health five years on from Microsoft’s $7 billion acquisition. He points to recent features like CodeQL, while also saying the platform now hosts over 73 million developers, with over 84% of Fortune 100 companies using GitHub.
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