It’s a brand new year, and each year calls for reflection on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how each of us here at GitHub can best focus our talents and energy. To kick off 2014 I’ve asked my long-time friend and GitHub cofounder, Chris Wanstrath, to take the role of CEO. In this role, Chris will be responsible for leading the company, defining our vision, and working with our amazing team to establish and execute the strategies necessary to achieve our most ambitious goals.

I’ll continue to work closely with Chris on vision, strategy, and execution in the role of President of GitHub. This shift will allow me to take responsibility for R&D and new growth opportunities within the company. I’ll also be thinking deeply about how we can continue to optimize for happiness as we grow, and will remain the company’s public champion and primary spokesperson.

We tend to do things differently here at GitHub, and remaining fluid in how we define our roles is a big part of that. In fact, Chris and I have stepped into these roles over the past few months and today we’re simply acknowledging the change publicly. While we don’t use titles heavily at GitHub, we think in this case they’re useful to communicate areas of responsibility both internally and externally.

2014 is going to be an exciting year. I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens!

Tom Preston-Werner
Cofounder & President, GitHub, Inc.

The CEO is President. Long live the CEO!