Zoom Video Communications, the American videoconferencing company, has terminated its president, Greg Tomb, “without cause” after only 10 months of employment. The sudden decision was made public through a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Wednesday.
Zoom has not provided any details on the reason for the dismissal, but in the SEC filing, the company stated that Tomb’s termination was “not due to any disagreement with the company regarding its financial reporting or any other matter.”
Tomb, a former executive at Google and IBM, joined Zoom in May 2022, tasked with leading the company’s growth and customer experience strategies. During his short tenure, he was also responsible for the development of Zoom’s new virtual events platform, OnZoom.
Zoom has recently experienced significant growth due to the pandemic-driven shift to remote work and education. Despite this, the company has faced increased competition from rivals such as Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
Following the announcement of Tomb’s termination, Zoom’s shares dipped slightly in after-hours trading, but the company’s stock price has remained relatively stable.
Zoom has been under scrutiny in the past for security issues, and Tomb’s appointment was seen as an effort to strengthen the company’s reputation and move beyond these challenges.
Zoom’s CEO, Eric Yuan, thanked Tomb for his contribution to the company, stating that “we appreciate Greg’s contributions to Zoom and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The firing of Tomb comes just weeks after Zoom announced its quarterly earnings, which exceeded expectations, reporting a revenue of $1.07 billion, up 33% from the previous year. Despite this success, the company warned that it expects growth to slow down in the coming months as the world transitions to a post-pandemic era.
The sudden termination of Tomb raises questions about Zoom’s future direction and its ability to continue its growth trajectory. However, the company has assured its investors that it remains committed to its mission of delivering high-quality video conferencing services to its users worldwide.
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