Avid Life Media’s CEO Steps Down After Ashley Madison Scandal

Avid Life Media’s CEO Steps Down After Ashley Madison Scandal
SHARE
THIS



The CEO of Avid Life Media – parent company to extramarital affair website Ashley Madison – Noel Biderman, has stepped down after a tumultuous few weeks.

The statement announcing Biderman’s departure said it had been a “mutual agreement” between Biderman and the company.

A new CEO has not been appointed and the company will operate under senior management.

“This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base,” the statement reads.

“We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals. We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members.

“We are actively cooperating with international law enforcement in an effort to bring those responsible for the theft of proprietary member and business information to justice.”

Avid Life Media’s Ashley Madison site was threatened by hackers in late July, saying if the company didn’t remove Ashley Madison and its sister site Established Men from the internet the hackers, calling themselves The Impact Team, would release user details on the internet.

Ashley Madison remained online, and on August 19 the hackers apparently made good on their threat and dumped nearly 10GB of data on the web, with personal user details.

At the time, Avid Life Media condemned the hack, deeming it an act of “criminality”.

Since the dump, headlines continue to write themselves about the scandal, with Avid Life Media offering a $500k reward (Canadian dollars) for anyone with information about the hackers.

The hack probably spells the end of the brand, some PR pros told B&T last week, as the team at Ashley Madison could have handled it much better than they did.

 

Latest News

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson (Kyle & Jackie O) from KIIS at the 2015 ACRA Awards
  • Media

Kyle & Jackie O Crowned Best On-Air FM Team At Commercial Radio Awards

KIIS 1065 breakfast duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson have won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM) category at the 30th Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). Held on Saturday night at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, and hosted by The Chaser’s Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, the ACRAs celebrated the best and brightest talent in […]

Digital Asset Management Solution Collaboro A Natural Fit With Open Data Initiative
  • Technology

Digital Asset Management Solution Collaboro A Natural Fit With Open Data Initiative

Digital asset management solution Collaboro claims its offering is a natural fit with Adobe’s, Microsoft’s and SAP’s new Open Data Initiative, as more organisations centralise their data on a single platform to improve their customer management and improve marketing performance.   According to Warwick Boulter (main photo), co-founder and CEO of Collaboro, a leading full-service solution for managing enterprise-level […]