Signal CEO steps down as WhatsApp co-founder takes over in the interim
What you need to know
- Signal's CEO, Moxie Marlinspike, has announced that he is stepping down.
- Brian Acton will step in as interim CEO until a new one is found.
- Both Marlinspike and Acton are founding members of the Signal Foundation.
Popular messaging app Signal is losing its longtime CEO, Moxie Marlinspike, as he announced on Monday that he is stepping down from his position.
Marlinspike wrote in a blog post that he always wanted to ensure that the app could sustain itself beyond his involvement. Having worked on the app for nearly a decade, he was doing much of the work in keeping the app running, from writing all the Android and server code to managing. However, he explains that the app is now better positioned to function without him as CEO.
Marlinspike explains that as Signal searches for a new leader, Brian Acton will act as interim CEO. Acton co-founded the Signal Foundation after leaving
Marlinspike says that stepping down is an integral part of "expanding on Signal's success" over the next decade, and he will remain on the Signal Foundation board to help guide the new CEO.
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