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WeWork’s Neumann Steps Down as CEO, With IPO on the Line

  • Two senior executives, Gunningham and Minson, named as co-CEOs
  • Neumann is non-executive chairman; his wife leaves her role
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Adam Neumann is stepping down as WeWork CEO. Liana Baker reports.Source: Bloomberg)
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Adam Neumann, the charismatic entrepreneur who led WeWork to become one of the world’s most valuable startups, stepped down as chief executive officer after a plan to take the company public hit a wall.

Members of WeWork’s board had been pressuring Neumann in recent days to resign and take a new role as non-executive chairman. The move is designed to salvage an initial public offering, which had been met with immediate scorn from public investors. A litany of apparent conflicts of interest and Neumann’s propensity to burn through capital were chief concerns.