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Like the Titanic! Arianna criticised as another top TechCrunch name goes

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

December 18, 2011 | 3 min read

Another significant loss at TechCrunch, the populate technology blog. Heather Harde, former CEO of TechCrunch and general manager of AOL’s technology properties, is leaving the company at the end of the year, TechCrunch has announced in a blog post.

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Her resignation follows a string of high-level departures. Founder Michael Arrington left in September, and since then the site has lost writers MG Siegler, Paul Carr and Sarah Lacey.

She will be missed. TechCrunch editor in chief Erick Schoenfield wrote in a blog post. “I am truly sorry to see her go.

“If I had to choose one word to describe Heather it would be“tireless.” She is a tireless leader, a tireless strategist, a tireless negotiator, a tireless organizer, a tireless sales person, and a tireless champion of TechCrunch in general,”

A hard-hitting comment came from Arrington. “It's like watching the movie Titanic," he said. " You know exactly how it all ends, but you keep hoping it won't.”

On his own blog http://tinyurl.com/c5jskkx he said of Harde’s departure, "It’s insane. She could do any job at AOL better than the person currently doing it. She should have been embraced and treasured.

"So today Aol loses one of the only executives left in the company who actually knows how to run a business, profitably. I’d trade 100 Arianna’s for a Heather any day.

"The body count at Aol is rising, and too many of these people were casualties of Arianna’s ego. Jon Brod was kicked to the curb for disagreeing with her about how to run the Huffington Post business. Brad Garlinghouse fell out of favor at least partially because he was the only one willing to call bullshit on her power grabs. And there are others."

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