Joost gave more than one reason for making this move but emphasized “feeling left out of all the decisions” that would make him useful as a marketing lead:
I’ve not encountered (or been brought into) any discussions about our product vision… I was expecting there to be some backchannels where these discussions were had and these decisions were made, turns out these simply don’t exist.
Joost says the decision-making process (including Matt Mullenweg‘s involvement in it) should be “opened up.”
As strides are being made in improving communication and leadership, it's hard to say this isn't a step backward for WordPress. 😔