It what may be the least surprising turn of events to ever unfold in the corporate world, the CEO of extramarital affair website Ashley Madison has stepped down from his post, on the same day that evidence came to light of his own extramarital affairs.
Noel Biderman – you may remember him from a recent episode of Inside Amy Schumer – was the public face of the website, which facilitated cheating, but maintained that he himself had never done so.
Whenever he was asked about it, the married father of two replied “if I wanted to have an affair, I would have one.” Because you’re reading this, you know that’s pretty much what happened.
While Biderman was smart enough not to give his details to his own site, details of his extramarital hook-ups were uncovered in a cache of his emails released by the Ashley Madison hackers.
His correspondence shows liaisons with “several” women, including a Toronto-based escort, with whom he apparently carried on a relationship for a number of years.
The company made a statement today announcing his resignation by “mutual agreement”:
Effective today, Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM) and is no longer with the company. This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.
We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members privacy by criminals. We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members. We are actively cooperating with international law enforcement in an effort to bring those responsible for the theft of proprietary member and business information to justice.
The statement is vague on the reasons Biderman actually stepped down, and does not mention whether today’s revelation played a part, or if it’s more because of the general state of chaos in which Ashley Madison currently finds itself.
Avid Life Media will be led by its senior management team until a new CEO is found.
via NY Daily News
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