Long time Reddit executive and general manager Erik Martin announced he was leaving the company despite the huge raise he received recently. In a tweet, Martin said that after six years with Reddit, he said he is getting off the “amazing ride.”
Hard decision, but after 6 outstanding yrs I’m leaving reddit. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way & made it an amazing ride!
— erik martin (@hueypriest) October 13, 2014
Martin issued the tweet this morning and Reddit’s own CEO Yishan Wong responded to press with a short statement saying that while Erik is leaving the company, he will be retained as a special advisor on community management issues and that Martin had been transitioning his responsibilities on to other people in the company for a while, so his quitting was not unexpected.
Martin is credited with being in charge when Reddit went through some of its most critical moments, such as its philanthropic efforts, its political entry on issues like SOPA and PIPA, and the huge Reddit Secret Santa exchange.
Neither Erik Martin nor Reddit have supplied a reason for his leaving. Some fear that the change in culture at Reddit after the latest cash infusion round of $50 million is proliferating. Many remote employees of Reddit were recently told they would have to relocate to San Francisco or face termination.
A more formal announcement from Reddit is expected today.