Kirt McMaster out as Cyanogen Inc. CEO, gets Eric Schmidt’ed to “Executive Chairman”

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Kirt McMaster, the controversial CEO of Cyanogen Inc., will be stepping down from his role, we’ve learned. An announcement could come as soon as tomorrow as part of a larger news release regarding the company’s new structure and direction. McMaster changed his title on LinkedIn recently to reflect the change. It is unclear what role this would actually give McMaster at the company, or who would replace him as CEO. Cyanogen Inc.’s website still lists McMaster in his former position.


This has an odd ring of Eric Schmidt’s now-infamous transition at Google in 2011. Schmidt stepped down as CEO, when founder Larry Page took over that role. An Executive Chairman is a rather wishy-washy title that can imply all sorts of high-level organizational responsibilities, but the gist is probably that McMaster won’t play as active a role in company strategy, product, and day to day operations. Of course, Cyanogen Inc. could have an entirely different interpretation of this title.

Anyway, it means McMaster probably won’t be responsible for steering the ship so much anymore, which frankly, that’s probably a good thing. Who will be Cyanogen’s new CEO? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


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