Etsy Founder Rob Kalin Returns To The CEO Seat; Maria Thomas Leaving The Company

Rob Kalin, etsy

Rob Kalin, founder of the online DIY marketplace Etsy, is returning to the CEO post he gave up over a year ago, he said in a post on the company’s blog. In turn, Maria Thomas, who became CEO after arriving in the COO post at Etsy in April ’08 will leave the company. Before coming to Etsy, Thomas had served as NPR’s digital head for more than six years. The announcement comes a week after Etsy acquired ad platform operator Adtuitive for undisclosed amount.

Kalin founded Etsy in the middle of 2005, when he was an out-of-work furniture designer. In announcing the change at the top, both Kalin and Thomas made a point of saying that the company is now profitable — perhaps trying to blunt any questions about the change in leadership. The company didn’t offer any details about its financial performance, however. Brooklyn, NY-based Etsy is working on expansion plans, though, and plans to open a German adjunct site next month.

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