From left, GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman at GitHub headquarters in San Francisco.
Microsoft said Wednesday that Nat Friedman, CEO of the company’s GitHub subsidiary that provides software for storing source code, is stepping down. Thomas Dohmke, GitHub’s product chief will replace him.
The announcement comes weeks after one of GitHub’s most prominent competitors, GitLab, went public on the Nasdaq. Following the debut, GitLab was worth $16.5 billion, two times what Microsoft paid for GitHub in 2018.
“As Chief Product Officer, I’m proud of the work our teams have done to bring new capabilities to GitHub Codespaces, Issues, Copilot, and many of the 20,000 improvements that we shipped last year. Together, we’ve built a roadmap that will transform the developer experience for open source maintainers and enterprises using GitHub for years to come,” Dohmke wrote in a blog post.
Dohmke takes over for Friedman on Nov. 15.
Friedman had been co-founder and CEO of Xamarin, a start-up that built cross-platform mobile development tools. Microsoft acquired Xamarin in 2016 and made Friedman a corporate vice president for developer services. Then in 2018, after Microsoft closed the GitHub acquisition, it tapped Friedman to run the subsidiary. His appointment came months after co-founder Chris Wanstrath stepped down as CEO.
Dohmke was co-founder and CEO of app-testing software start-up HockeyApp, which Microsoft acquired in 2014. He joined GitHub at the time Microsoft closed the GitHub acquisition in 2018.
Since then, Friedman has reported to Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft’s cloud and artificial intelligence group. Once Dohmke takes over at GitHub, he will report to Julia Liuson, a 29-year Microsoft veteran who is becoming president of Microsoft’s developer division.
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