World Hit By Tsunami of Sudden Senior Resignations

A spate of high-level resignations of senior government and private industry officials was announced around the world on the same day this week, Monday, April 20, observers have pointed out:


Local Government & Associations

  • Portland, Maine – chief justice Leigh Ingalls Saufley of the Maine State Supreme Court resigned April 14, it was announced on Monday 20, in order to take a position as dean of her alma mater Maine School of Law.
  • British Columbia, Canada – interim board chair Hein Vandenberg announced he was stepping down for “compelling personal reasons” less than a year after being appointed to the role.
  • Vancouver, Canada – Botetourt County schools superintendent Dr. Lisa Chen announced that she was resigning effective June 30. The resignation comes less than a year after she was hired for the job. Chen cited personal reasons, as well as a desire to pursue other professional opportunities as her reasons for the resignation, according to a news release sent out by the school district.
  • Lancing, Michigan – deputy superintendent of the Lansing School Board Mark Coscarella resigned after an investigation was undertaken following allegations of sexual misconduct. 
  • Lake Elsinore, California – Jeremy Alexander, president of MRA who stated in a candid and emotional resignation letter that “non-racing related club issues [have] consumed me to the point where my attitude and behavior has drastically deteriorated. This has unfortunately left led me to neglect my duties as a husband and a father, and I now find myself at a critical juncture in my personal life.”
  • Saaremaa, Estonia – Mayor Maddis Kallas announced his resignation effective immediately as result of what he said was his own poor handling of the Coronavirus crisis. "I am not looking for culprits and I do not wish to blame anyone,” Mr. Kallas said in a statement
  • Austin, Texas – Steve Fischer, announced suddenly that he would resign from his position on the State Judicial Conduct Commission. Unconnected to his resignation, the lawyer had recently received an official complaint about the way in which he was behaving on Facebook
  • Sydney, Australia – National Rugby League CEO Todd Greenberg resigned only days after warning of pending job cuts
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Nungsari Ahmad Radhi, chairman of the Malaysian Aviation Commission has resigned, the commission announced. Dr. Radhi confirmed that he has tendered his resignation with the commission, which he said coincided with his 60th birthday on April 10th.


Mainstream Media

  • Mumbai, India – Indian TV anchor Amab Goswani resigned dramatically on air from the Editor’s Guild of India, the country’s high-ranking media association. In his resignation speech he accused the Editors Guild of India of permitting falsified news stories in the national press. “Whatever remaining credibility of the Editors Guild of India [there was] has been destroyed because of its abject silence on a series of fake news stories,” said Mr. Goswani. “The Editor’s Guild of India has become a self-serving organisation, and I hereby on live television resign. I have been a member of the Editors Guild of India for a long time and I resign from the Editor’s Guild of India for its absolute compromise on editorial ethics, for being an organisation that is only operating in self-interest, and I accuse you Shkar Gupta [President of EIG] of leading the compromise of standards in Indian journalism by not speaking up on incidences like this. Until Shakar Gupta has the courage to speak up on the fake news stories surrounding Covid-19 then the Editor’s Guild of India isn't of any value.”
  • Yerevan, Armenia – Executive Director of Armenia’s Public TV said that she had submitted her resignation as a result of publishing footage recorded before the Prime Minister’s live address to the nation recently. “I’m sorry for what happened. At this crucial time for the country, at this stage of development of the Public Television, such media vandalism is unforgivable. I myself have been responsible for many public events, celebrations, and emergency measures in this period, and have shared the words of thanks and praise with my staff. Now I share the responsibility for what happened, and submit my resignation,” she said in a statement.


Private Industry

  • Shanghai, China – Brian Shen, Vice-President and chief marketing officer, as well as the head of global marketing of OPPO smartphones announced he was resigning as a result of “health concerns”.
  • London, UK – CEO Asaf Elimelech of public listed online broker PLUS500 announced he was stepping down and would transition from the job over a 12 month period alongside a newly-appointed interim CEO that the firm searched for from both within and outside the company
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Chaparral Energy CFO and EVP Scott Pittman resigned to “pursue other interests” the company said in a statement. It has not yet sourced a replacement for Mr. Pittman’s role.


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