Gap’s CEO just stepped down. Here are the 30 most dramatic exits in a record-breaking year for CEO departures.

Art Peck stepped down as CEO of Gap on Thursday.

Art Peck stepped down as CEO of Gap on Thursday.
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More than 1,000 CEOs stepped down during the first three quarters of 2019, according to a report published by the staffing firm Challenger, Gray, & Christmas – 1,160 executives, to be exact.

Departures in the first nine months of this year exceeded the number of CEOs who stepped down during the first three quarters of 2008 (1,132), which was the height of the Great Recession. This is also the year with the highest CEO turnover in the first three quarters that Challenger, Gray, & Christmas has seen since the firm began tracking departures in 2002.

The tech sector has the second-highest number of CEO departures, at 154, including the high-profile departures of Adam Neumann from WeWork and Kevin Burns from Juul.

On October 22, the heads of Under Armour and Nike announced within hours of each other that they were stepping down. On November, the McDonald’s board voted to fire CEO Steve Easterbrook over his relationship with an employee.

Gap CEO Art Peck stepped down on Thursday after 15 years at the company. Gap board member Robert Fisher is serving as interim CEO.

Of the CEOs who left their positions, 438 remained at their respective companies in different roles, 292 retired, and 103 moved to other companies, according to the report, which listed several other reasons for departures as well.

Here are the 30 most noteworthy CEO departures of 2019 thus far:

30. Gap — Art Peck

Read more: Gap CEO Art Peck is stepping down from the company

29. McDonald’s — Steve Easterbrook


Read more: McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook was fired over a relationship with an employee

28. Wells Fargo — Tim Sloan

Source: Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan is retiring

27. David’s Bridal — Scott Key

Key with the designer Vera Wang.
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Source: Wall Street Journal

26. Overstock — Patrick Byrne

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Read more: Overstock founder Patrick Byrne was seemingly involved in a web of intrigue that involved a Russian spy and the FBI

25. Under Armour — Kevin Plank

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Read more: Kevin Plank is stepping down as CEO of Under Armour

24. — Sheila Lirio Marcelo

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Source: Wall Street Journal

23. AutoNation — Carl Liebert

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Read more: AutoNation replaces new CEO with a new CEO

22. PG&E — Geisha Williams

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Read more: PG&E says CEO Geisha Williams steps down

21. Kraft Heinz — Bernardo Hees

Read more: Kraft Heinz CEO stepping down, Patricio named successor

20. Blue Apron — Brad Dickerson

Under Armour

Read more: Blue Apron is soaring after its CEO steps down

19. HP — Dion Weisler

Business Insider/Julie Bort

Read more: The CEO of HP is stepping down ‘due to a family health matter,’ and will be replaced by an exec who started at the company as an intern

18. UnitedHealthcare — Steve Nelson


Read more: Interview with Retired UnitedHealthcare CEO Steve Nelson

17. Guess — Victor Herrero

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Read more: Guess CEO Victor Herrero to step down

16. Mozilla — Chris Beard

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Source: TechCrunch

15. Boingo Wireless — Dave Hagan

Source: Yahoo Finance

14. REI — Jerry Stritzke

Read more: REI leader resigns over undisclosed relationship

13. Bed, Bath & Beyond — Steven Temares

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Read more: Bed Bath & Beyond has a new CEO 5 months after activist investors released a brutal presentation slamming the company’s leadership

12. Mattress Firm — Steve Stagner

Read more: Mattress Firm Board of Directors Announces the Resignation of Chief Executive Officer

11. Warner Bros. — Kevin Tsujihara

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Read more: Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down following a report alleging he had a sexual relationship with an actress and promised to help her get roles

10. Rite Aid — John Standley


Read more: Rite Aid CEO John Standley To Step Down, Shares Up

9. Burlington Stores — Tom Kingsbury

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Source: MarketWatch

8. Best Buy — Hubert Joly

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Read more: Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly steps down

7. New York Post — Jesse Angelo

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Read more: News Corp Appoints Sean Giancola As CEO of New York Post

6. Colgate-Palmolive — Ian Cook

Source: Financial Times

5. MetLife — Steven Kandarian

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Read more: MetLife names Khalaf CEO, Kandarian to retire

4. eBay — Devin Wenig

Read more: eBay CEO abruptly steps down as the company considers selling off assets

3. Juul — Kevin Burns


Read more: Juul’s CEO steps down as the e-cig company says it will stop all advertising in the US

2. Nike — Mark Parker

Read more: Nike CEO Mark Parker steps down just hours after Under Armour’s chief executive leaves his role

1. WeWork — Adam Neumann


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