SAN FRANCISCO: Reddit has hired Philippe Beaudette as community manager, replacing Kristine Fasnacht, who has left the company after five years.
Beaudette is reporting to Joel Meek, Reddit VP of operations. Reddit director of communications Ashley Dawkins confirmed Beaudette’s hire and said the company also recently brought on five members for its community and trust and safety teams.
Beaudette joined Reddit from Wikia, where he served as senior director of community since January. Before that, he was director of community advocacy for the Wikimedia Foundation for more than seven years, according to his LinkedIn page.
Beaudette led Wikipedia’s community interactions for a worldwide, 24-hour site shutdown to drive awareness of the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago, an effort Reddit also joined, Reddit CEO and cofounder Steve Huffman posted.
Huffman announced the departure of Fasnacht – known as "krispykrackers" to the network’s users – via a post on the site.
"She has been the face of our community team at Reddit, helped us write many of our policies, and was indispensable working through countless tricky situations. She led our efforts in support of Extra Life, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals," wrote Huffman. "She has been a friend to me and many others here. While we are sad to see her go, we wish her the best going forward."
Dawkins would not comment on why Fasnacht left or her next move.
When Reddit director of talent Victoria Taylor was reportedly fired without explanation last July, a major backlash by Reddit users ensued, prompting the shutdown of more than 250 subreddits. Fasnacht also took over Taylor’s duties managing the site’s widely popular Ask Me Anything Q&A sessions.
Around the same time Taylor departed, more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao to step down. Nearly one week after the site’s moderators revolted, Pao resigned and Huffman took over as CEO.
Fasnacht joined Reddit as manager of client relations in 2011, moved into the role of community manager in 2014, and became head of community management when Taylor left. Her most recent responsibilities within the organization included acting as a liaison for all moderators on the platform.
Fasnacht was named to PRWeek’s Innovation 50 list last year.