We are sad to learn that former Spy CEO Seth Hamot passed away on March 22, 2018, after an 18-month battle with lymphoma.

Hamot was chairman of Spy's board of directors and served as CEO from 2015 until late 2017, when he stepped down to focus on his family, health and business ventures close to his home in Boston.

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Former Spy CEO Seth Hamot. Photo: Spy

The team at Spy have released these words in tribute to Hamot and the impact he had on the company and its close-knit family of employees:

Seth left an indelible mark on Spy and was the architect of its 2016 fiscal restructuring, which paved the way for the company to achieve several operational and financial milestones during the last two years. Seth was a devoted husband, father, son and friend to many, known for his intellectual curiosity and generous nature.

In November 2017, Fir Geenen, a longtime friend and business partner of Seth's and an active member of Spy's board of directors since 2011, became SPY's CEO. Fir had been collaborating with Seth for more than a year in anticipation of Seth quietly stepping down from his CEO role, ensuring that Spy would maintain its positive course in the future.

A San Diego-area resident for more than 25 years, Fir brings to Spy an extensive background in leadership, consumer insights and executive management garnered from his experience across a variety of industries.

"The entire Spy family was incredibly saddened to learn of Seth's passing,” Geenan said. “In addition to a remarkable mind for business, Seth was a terrific partner, generous mentor and selfless friend to many at Spy. Seth left SPY a better place than he found it and it goes without saying that he will be missed.”

In lieu of flowers, the Hamot family has asked that well-wishers looking to make memorial donations do so by supporting The Equal Justice Initiative, 122 Commerce St., Montgomery, AL 36104, or The Marshall Project, 156 W. 56th St., Suite 701, New York, NY 10019.

Our thoughts go out to Hamot’s family, friends and the entire crew at Spy during this difficult time.

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