Away CEO Steps Down After Bombshell Report Reveals Staff Mistreatment
The announcement said that Korey will take on the role of executive chairman and remain on the board of directors with Away co-founder Jen Rubio. Stuart Haselden, who was chief operating officer at Lululemon Athletica, will take over Korey’s position as CEO starting Jan. 13.
“In just under four years, Jen and Steph have built an exciting and disruptive brand that has redefined how people look at travel. When they first approached me about joining, not only was I overwhelmed by the impressive company that Away is today, but also the huge potential that lies ahead,” said Haselden, who will also get a seat on the board. “I’m thrilled to join them in leading the team at this critical stage of the company’s growth, and to help usher in an era of continued success based on strong leadership and culture.”
Last Thursday, The Verge published a damning story in which several former Away employees alleged an abusive environment where workers were expected to always be signed on and to never take time off. The article reported some of Korey’s messages on the chat service Slack, including one that called an employee “brain dead” and another announcing that workers would not be allowed to take any more paid time off in order to learn “accountability.”