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Mason Ouster Leaves Groupon Seeking CEO to Uncover Profit

Groupon Inc.’s decision to fire Andrew Mason puts pressure on Chairman Eric Lefkofsky to find a replacement who can create a money-making business after the daily-deal provider lost $723.8 million in the past three years.

As chief executive officer, Mason presided over a plummeting stock price, an earnings restatement and at least three quarters of results that missed analysts’ expectations. Mason, 32, addressed his ouster yesterday in a letter to employees, joking about needing a “fat camp” to lose weight even while accepting responsibility for Groupon’s shortcomings.