News of the change first came to us through sources familiar with the company, who indicated that Freed would be departing Etsy altogether. However, when reached via email, an Etsy representative confirmed that while Freed will indeed no longer serve as COO, he will remain a member of Etsy’s leadership team as “an advisor to Chad [Dickerson, Etsy's CEO].” The change occurred this morning.
We’ve reached out for more information, such as if Freed’s advisory role will be a full-time job, and whether Etsy will be looking for a replacement in the COO spot. This post will be updated with any additional details we receive.
Freed joined Etsy from Google, where he had worked since 2002 in a variety of high-profile roles, most recently as a director of policy and global consumer operations.