It has now been reported that GitHubs’ CEO is to step down amid restructuring at Microsoft. CEO of GitHub Nat Friedman will be stepping down after spending just three years at the company.
GitHubs’ CEO Steps Down Amid Restructuring at Microsoft
Nat Friedman joined the Microsoft family after the company acquired Xamarin, a company that was partly founded by Friedman. And when Microsoft acquired GitHub three years ago, he took over the head position of the company (GitHub).
Nat Friedmans Response
According to Friedman, he will now be returning to his startup roots. In an official release by Friedman in a GitHub post today, he said, “with all that we’ve accomplished in mind, and more than five great years at Microsoft under my belt, I have decided it’s time for me to go back to my startup roots…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.
The New CEO of Microsoft’s GitHub
The new CEO of GitHub, Thomas Dohmke, is set to resume office on the 15th of November. The company GitHub is also expected to continue its operation as an independent entity of Microsoft-owned business. Thomas Dohmke will however report to Julia Liuson who is being promoted to the position of president of Microsoft’s developer division.
Previously, Friedman used to report to Scott Guthrie who is the chief of Microsoft cloud and A.I., and just recently, Julia Luison was at the center of a controversial .net change in the company, one that triggered a backlash from the open-source community. With the whole controversy surrounding the situation at the time the company was forced to go back on its decision at the time.
Microsoft since Acquiring GitHub
During the time the Microsoft Company was about to acquire the GitHub Company, there were skepticisms from experts in the field. The company however has kept the business running and kicking separately without having to make major changes.
Friedman also responded quickly to the firing of a Jewish employee early this year at GitHub. He however admitted that “significant mistakes were made.” The parent company of GitHub, Microsoft also recently revealed that GitHub is now home to 73 million developers worldwide. And this is up to 2x the actual number since the company acquired GitHub in 2018.