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Nat Friedman Steps Down As GitHub CEO

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Nat Friedman, the CEO of Microsoft-owned code-sharing platform GitHub, is stepping down from his role on November 15 to become the Chairman Emeritus. The position will now be filled by Thomas Dohmke.

“Thomas Dohmke (currently Chief Product Officer) will be GitHub’s next CEO. I will become Chairman Emeritus, which fulfills my lifelong ambition of having a title in Latin. My heartfelt thanks to every Hubber and every developer who makes GitHub what it is, every day,” the outgoing CEO said in a blog post.

“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. What drives me is enabling builders to create the future. I’ve loved working with and learning from developers who are building new tools and new projects, solving thorny problems, and creating magic out of code. 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,” Dohmke added.

Dohmke was appointed GitHub’s CPO only in August. In his new role, Dohmke will report to Julia Liuson, who is being promoted to president of Microsoft’s developer division, unlike Friedman who used to report to Microsoft’s Cloud and AI chief Scott Guthrie.

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