Self-anointed digital prophet David Shing – aka Shingy – has departed his role at Verizon Media.
The Australian marketing veteran joined AOL in 2007 as a marketing director and has been with the company through its transformations into Oath and Verizon Media.
He wrote that while he has enjoyed the work for a decade, in particular fulfilling his role as 'digital prophet', he now plans to work "autonomously with brands to help then achieve optimal presence in the marketplace".
Shing also cited becoming a father as a "transformative" experience and said "it's time to explore new territories within our industry, to travel less and laugh more".
As a prolific speaker at SXSW and TEDx on behalf of his employer, the marketing figure also inspired a parody comedy character called Shangy from David Cross.
Read Shingy's full statement below.
Last year, Shing took part in The Drum's 10 Questions With series, sharing his first job, inspiration and most-hated buzzword.
The Guardian profiled the prophet in 2004, providing an interesting future gaze at the marketing industry. The article said it "remains unclear" what a digital prophet is.