The CEO of a Goldman Sachs-backed firm who flaunted his rich life-style for months whereas his staff went unpaid, was suspended Friday, Forbes has discovered.
Staff of Slync.io, a tech startup that sells software program to logistics firms, have been informed throughout a digital all-hands assembly Monday afternoon that CEO Chris Kirchner has been suspended from his position. Tim Kehoe, the chief of workers who delivered the message to staff, is stepping in as interim president of the corporate and can report on to the board, in keeping with a number of staff who listened to the assembly.
“We don’t touch upon people who find themselves nonetheless with us, whether or not they’re suspended or not. That’s all we are able to say at this level,” Burt White, Slync’s vice chairman of gross sales, advertising and buyer success, informed Forbes. “Slync’s bought a terrific future. With Chris, it’s what’s, however I can’t discuss present staff.”
The corporate declined to remark additional. An electronic mail searching for remark from Kirchner and despatched by Forbes to his work handle bounced.
Kirchner “has been suspended as CEO till additional discover,” Mary Athridge, a spokesperson for Goldman Sachs, informed Forbes. “We take our accountability as board members and traders very critically, as we’ve at all times finished.”
The traders, led by Goldman Sachs, may also be offering extra capital to the corporate to resolve the payroll situation this week, Athridge stated, although she declined to say how a lot. An individual with information of the matter stated the excellent payroll was about $4 million.
Athridge declined to touch upon why Kirchner was suspended.
The transfer follows a Forbes report revealed final week about Kirchner, that alleged he had made monetary misrepresentations to Slync’s board, and fired executives who had raised issues a few lack of economic transparency on the firm. The report additionally famous that the board appeared to take no motion when these executives have been fired.
Slync board member Jim Atwell had disputed the claims within the July 20 Forbes report, stating that the corporate’s annual income is “considerably greater than your info,” however declined to supply a determine.
Kirchner, who had labored at Greatest Purchase just a few years earlier than launching Slync in 2017, had overseen what gave the impression to be early success, signing on logistics giants together with DHL and Kuehne + Nagel as prospects. The corporate then raised $80 million in funding rounds led by Blumberg Capital and Goldman Sachs, valuing the corporate at $240 million.
However as the corporate struggled to develop or increase extra funding, Kirchner spent massive on his private endeavors, together with the acquisition of a non-public jet, luxurious vehicles, a membership to an unique Dallas-area golf membership referred to as the Vaquero, and an unsuccessful try to purchase the English soccer group, Derby County. “The approach to life that he was residing simply didn’t appear actual,” a former Slync worker informed Forbes final week.