Reddit: Ellen Pao (CEO)
Why this was a big quit:
After two years at Reddit and 8 months as the company’s CEO, and one of the few women leading a global top 50 website, Ellen abruptly resigned from her post. Pao was an advocate for diversity in the workplace. One of her more prominent achievements during her short tenure removed salary negotiations from the hiring process on the grounds that men achieve differences much higher than women.
Why this is not as big as the top 10:
Pao stepped down after receiving a lot of flak on Reddit.com discussion boards after the abrupt firing of one of the company’s visible and more popular employees. Unfortunately for Pao, her company provides the perfect storm medium for her opponents to express their disapproval. Though not prepared for the transition, a short tenure and a tumultuous end caused Pao’s resignation to have less negative impact on her organization.