I can't believe he left.
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In the grand scheme, it would appear to be a mix of all the above.
He has officially left on his own, however was sidelined as they are cleaning up the marketing shxx show that the CMO Simon Harrison created. Steve was a fine person. Until he wasn't. He got his "exposure" by presenting himself as a doer who wanted to share. Yet he then was no longer a doer and only a promoter. He followed the grandiose marketing model of CMO with a soundbyte driven hipster targeting millennial approach. He made a very visible very very bad hire (it was actually comically entertaining until you witnessed how pathetically sad the bad hire was. So much wrong in that one). And he doubled down on it all.
It would benefit him greatly to return to his roots. Get his hands dirty again. Focus on the work and not on self promotion and run away from soundbytes and brand promotion. He has spent too many years morphing into false storytelling that he has lost where he excels the most. CMO, the other Brit, and their cult following did not do him any favors professionally. Wishing him the best, and hope it's a smart move to get away from the cult-like self promotion style and back into the real subject matter.
Did batman leave on his own for another job or was let go?
This is what he does. Remember when he left to go to Cisco? Marketing freaked because he was just a sales engineer, yet they used him so much to present. Sales engineering didn't really want someone who spent more time donating time to present and less supporting clients. So markeng begged Chirico and JC "personally" asked him to stay with a higher job title (technologist) and CEO support. Don't forget , JC wasn't a presenter. Avaya had a revolving door of CTOs. So they used Batman instead. Now they have a CEO who can present And batman style is kind of a flop for a BK company. That style only works when a company can afford to talk in 'theory' and 'vision', not facts and honesty. So it's very logical.