GitHub CEO Nat Friedman is stepping down from his post after three years and will be replaced by the company's current chief product officer, Thomas Dohmke.
Friedman said that he will become chairman emeritus and will move on to "support, advise, and invest in founders," though he did not specify what shape that new role would become.
Dohmke, who will become CEO on Nov. 15, has been with GitbHub for the last three years and previously worked as a program manager at Microsoft. Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion in 2018.
GitHub competitor GitLab went public in October; though the company was once seen as a small competitor chasing GitHub, GitLab is now worth $17 billion on the public market.
"I've decided it's time for me to go back to my startup roots. What drives me is enabling builders to create the future. I've loved working with and learning from developers who are building new tools and new projects, solving thorny problems, and creating magic out of code," Friedman wrote in his departure announcement.