I think it actually makes him look fearful of addressing this thread. I'm with you pepper; while his rationalization for ending the MTO is more than reasonable, he comes off as weak when he misleads with his account of what happened and fails to directly address the thread he so impressively addressed at the outset.
[Edit: Just now read the CEO's post. Not sure I follow or buy his spin. Whatever the case may be, the offer to thread participants was generous while it lasted.]
He just posted in the MTO thread. A few times.