Web Summit CEO Katherine Maher step down after 3 months into the role

Web Summit announced that their CEO Katherine Maher is stepping down from the role to take on a new job as the CEO of National Public Radio, the nonprofit U.S. media group. The move comes just after 3 months Maher assumed the role of CEO at the tech events company. 

Web Summit stated Maher’s departure: “I have absolutely loved leading the Web Summit team. Even in a short space of time, I have seen the determination, passion, and creativity across teams to continuously deliver incredible events to the world. While I’m sad to leave, I am thrilled to contribute in a different way as Chair, continuing to work with the executive team through 2024 and beyond.”

Context: Maher was appointed as a CEO after Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave was effectively pushed to resign by the board after criticising Israel for its attack on Gaza and killing Palestinian civilians.

Maher for now will continue as Web Summit CEO to see through the scheduled Web Summit event in Doha, Qatar on February 26, before stepping down on March 1.

Meanwhile, South African comedian, podcaster and television host Trevor Noah is a headline speaker at the Web Summit event in Doha, Qatar. 

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