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Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh sent an email to all Zappos employees today after the announcement of Alfred Lin’s resignation. He reassures everyone that he and Fred Mossler, the no. 3 executive, would not be leaving the company. And he also hints at a new project they’re working on:

PS: Fred and I are also working on a secret long-term project together which, if everything works out, will be really really cool and amazing for Zappos. We’re still in the exploratory stages right now but we’re getting more excited about it as each day passes.

The full email is below. Also check out the interview Sarah Lacy did with Hsieh at our conference last year.

—–Original Message—–
From: Tony Hsieh
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:06 AM
To: All Zappos Employees
Cc: Fred Mossler
Subject: Life Changing Moments (fwd)

While we’ll be sad to see Alfred go, I want to lay to rest some rumors that I’ve been hearing through the grapevine about the possibility of Fred and/or me leaving Zappos.

As Fred likes to say, we’re just scratching the surface as to what Zappos can become, and the next several years are going to be very exciting as continue to grow Zappos, 6pm, our clothing business, and our other product lines. My book is set to launch June 7 and we’ve got some pretty cool stuff planned to take our culture to the next level, which I’ll be talking more about in future emails. Our business is growing at about 40% year over year, and our TV campaign is just getting started.

We’ve got more momentum than we’ve ever had in the history of the company. It’s a super exciting time, and Fred and I wouldn’t miss it for the world!

PS: Fred and I are also working on a secret long-term project together which, if everything works out, will be really really cool and amazing for Zappos. We’re still in the exploratory stages right now but we’re getting more excited about it as each day passes.

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