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11/17/2014 09:31 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2014

Ellen Pao Appointed Interim CEO Of Reddit: Will She Be Able To Fix The Site's Sexism Problem?

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And just like that, Reddit—Reddit, of all companies—has a female CEO. Nitasha Tiku at Valleywag reports that Yishan Wong resigned as Reddit CEO, leaving Ellen Pao, the head of business and partnerships, to take over as interim CEO. Lead investor Sam Altman announced that Wong voluntarily left over a dispute over office space. As for Pao, Altman says, "Because of her combination of vision, execution, and leadership, I expect that she’ll do an incredible job."

Wong presided over a rough time in Reddit's history. The website has been at the center of many scandals that make investors nervous, several involving gross and sexist behavior from some users, like the sharing of celebrities' stolen naked photos and misogynist subreddits devoted to harassing women. While Wong doesn't dispute Altman's story about office location, he says there was more to his decision to resign than that. "The job as CEO of reddit is incredibly stressful and draining," he writes in an explanation published at Forbes. "After two and a half years, I’m basically completely worn out, and it was having significantly detrimental effects on my personal life."

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