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

JP Yim/Getty ImagesArt Peck stepped down as CEO of Gap on Thursday.

More than 1,000 CEOs stepped down during the first three quarters of 2019, according to a report published by the staffing firm Challenger, Grey, & 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, Grey, & 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

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


29. McDonald’s — Steve Easterbrook

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


28. Wells Fargo — Tim Sloan

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Source: Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan is retiring


27. David’s Bridal — Scott Key

Cindy Ord/Getty ImagesKey with the designer Vera Wang.

Source: Wall Street Journal


26. Overstock — Patrick Byrne


Read more:
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25. Under Armour — Kevin Plank

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Kevin Plank is stepping down as CEO of Under Armour


24. Care.com — 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

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20. Blue Apron — Brad Dickerson

Under Armour


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19. HP — Dion Weisler

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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

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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

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Source: Yahoo Finance


14. REI — Jerry Stritzke

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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

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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

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


9. Burlington Stores — Tom Kingsbury

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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6. Colgate-Palmolive — Ian Cook

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Source: Financial Times


5. MetLife — Steven Kandarian

Tomas Bravo/Reuters


Read more:
MetLife names Khalaf CEO, Kandarian to retire


4. eBay — Devin Wenig

AP Photo/Frank Jordans


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

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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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