Not sure whether this is merely an allegation or there is indeed concrete proof. I'm sure there must be many CEO's who get caught up in a scandalous situation. Many do not get caught, but some do, and ultimately lose their jobs. When in such a high profile role, one with power, CEO's should understand that they are in the public eye and need to be seen as a role model. I think sometimes it is more about the use of power, arrogance and abuse of trust that throws into question the person’s outlook and judgment moving forward. They know the rules, and in this case I think Darren wrote the staff handbook! Is the scandal the reason for his resignation - people might question? Yes of course it is. The performance of the business under Darren has been strong, and the company is very well-positioned to continue executing on its strategy for growth.
Darren Huston, CEO and president of The Priceline Group, has resigned after an investigation into a personal relationship with a fellow staffer. The company says former-CEO and the current chairman, Jeff Boyd, will take over the reigns with immediate effect until a replacement is appointed. Current president and chief operation officer of Booking.com, Gillian Tans, has been named as CEO of hotel giant Booking.com (a role also previously held by Huston). In a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, the Priceline Group says Huston resigned “following an investigation overseen by independent members of the board of directors”. Huston will not receive any severance pay.