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Etsy Names New Head Tech with CTO Departure

Etsy named a new Chief Technology Officer on Monday, revealing that its current CTO is leaving the company. CEO Chad Dickerson announced that John Allspaw will replace Kellan Elliott-McCrea.

Dickerson said Elliott-McCrea was leaving Etsy “to pursue other opportunities.” He served as CTO and chief architect since July 2011, and previously served as Vice President of Engineering from July 2010 to July 2011.

On his personal blog, Elliott-McCrea explained that he took a sabbatical over the summer to cope with being burned out.

“Burn out is a real and pressing phenomenon in our industry and I was certainly feeling its effects. I spent the summer doing things I enjoy: spending time with family, traveling, meeting new people, talking to smart folks about the future, and writing code. By the end of sabbatical, I felt better. I felt stronger and more present. So I’m handing it off. To my team, you’re all awesome, I love you and I’ll miss you. And now it’s time for me to find something new.”

As for Allspaw who is taking over as CTO, Dickerson wrote: “He has a deep understanding of Etsy’s specific challenges and opportunities, having been with Etsy since November 2009 and serving as SVP of Technical Operations since 2011. John isn’t just a gifted technologist, he is a trusted leader and cultural ambassador at Etsy, known within the company and the industry for living and breathing Etsy’s culture and values, pioneering and evangelizing the concept of “just culture” at Etsy and more broadly in technology organizations around the world.”

The full announcement can be found on the Etsy bog.

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