Max Schireson could have left his job without a detailed explanation. Instead, the outgoing CEO of software company MongoDB decided to use his story to help advance the cause of engaged fathers.
As the company announced Tuesday that Schireson would step down as CEO and take on the role of vice chairman, he published an explanatory post on his personal blog entitled, "Why I am leaving the best job I ever had."
The short answer: Schireson, 44, truly wants to spend more time with his wife and three kids in Palo Alto, Calif. The switch to a less hectic role with MongoDB should allow him to do that.
"I hope that me telling this story in my position will help others feel more comfortable in making similar choices," Schireson told TODAY.com. "And help people in senior leadership roles be more public about it."
Schireson wrote in his post that it didn't make sense to him that only women in CEO positions might be asked about work-family balance, as GM's Mary Barra was asked by TODAY's Matt Lauer earlier this summer. He wondered: Why does no one ask men about that?