Overstock announced as we speak that CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned from his position as chief govt and board member. One other board member, Jonathan Johnson, will likely be taking up as Overstock’s interim CEO.
This follows the company’s eyebrow-raising press release earlier this month titled “Overstock.com CEO Feedback on Deep State, Withholds Additional Remark,” wherein Byrne mentioned he was confirming stories by journalist Sara Carter.
“Beginning in 2015 I (working underneath the assumption that I used to be serving to authentic regulation enforcement efforts) assisted in what at the moment are often called the ‘Clinton Investigation’ and the ‘Russian Investigation’ (actually, I’m the infamous ‘lacking Chapter 1’ of the Russian investigation),” he wrote, occurring to say that this was “the third time in my life I helped the Males in Black.”
Byrne and his attorney subsequently said that these feedback have been tied to his “romantic” relationship with Maria Butina, and that he needed to make clear the best way federal regulation enforcement investigated her. Butina has been accused of working as a Russian agent and is presently in jail after pleading responsible to a lesser cost.
Since then, the publicly traded e-commerce firm has seen its inventory value tumble.
At the moment’s announcement additionally takes the type of a letter from Byrne, wherein he mentioned he “got here ahead in as fastidiously and well-managed trend” as he may, however that it nonetheless had a detrimental impact on the corporate.
“Although patriotic People are writing me in help, my presence could have an effect on and complicate all method of enterprise relationships, from insurability to strategic discussions relating to our retail enterprise,” Byrne mentioned. “Thus, whereas I consider that I did what was needed for the great of the nation, for the great of the agency, I’m within the unhappy place of getting to sever ties with Overstock, each as CEO and board member, efficient Thursday August 22.”
Byrne’s letter ends on an optimistic word about Overstock’s future, pointing to each its retail enterprise and “blockchain belongings that appear poised to revolutionize capital markets, finance, and governance for the poor.”
As of 12:51pm Japanese, Overstock shares are up 8.5% because the begin of buying and selling.