SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Strava CEO Michael Horvath is stepping down to become president and chair of the company’s board on Jan. 1, he announced Tuesday on the company blog. In an emotional blog posting, Horvath wrote that he is making the change to spend more time with his wife, a breast cancer survivor who was recently diagnosed with a metastatic breast cancer in her liver.
Mark Gainey, Horvath’s business partner for nearly 20 years, and the co-founder and former CEO of Strava will take over the CEO position again.
Horvath wrote that when his wife, Anna, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, he was managing another startup company.
“I had the choice then to prioritize caring for Anna over work and regrettably, I didn’t. At least not the way I should have. Thankfully for me, Anna persevered and found the grace to forgive me,” he wrote. “With the same choice in front of me now as before, I’m choosing Anna.”