Uber’s CEO has resigned — meet the 14 executives running the company

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is out.

In the wake of a series of scandals and a report recommending wide-ranging changes at the company, the executive announced he was taking a leave of absence earlier this month — and he has now resigned.

Kalanick’s departure is the latest and most consequential example yet of the upheaval roiling the top ranks of Uber. In total, seven executives who reported directly to Kalanick have left in recent months. Their departures came amid growing questions about Uber’s culture following a scathing blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler about her experiences at the company.

Kalanick was directly implicated in multiple scandals, including a video of him angrily berating an Uber driver over pay, and reports that a senior exec obtained the medical records of a passenger who was raped and discussed them with the CEO.

When Kalanick’s leave of absence was announced, a 14-person group of executives was put in place to lead the company. Now his resignation is official, it’s not clear how quickly the company will seek to find and install a new CEO. But in the meantime, here are the 14 executives now running Uber, and what they will be working on:

Thuan Pham, Chief Technology Officer

Uber

As Uber’s chief technology officer, Thuan Pham has been leading Uber’s engineering team since 2013. During that time, his group has grown from 40 engineers to more than 1,200. He’s widely described as an inspirational leader. 

But his tenure hasn’t been without its challenges. As Uber struggled to deal with growing demand, Pham was “deathly afraid” of its app going offline, The Information reported.

Meanwhile, Pham’s future at the company had been in question following Fowler’s post. The former engineer said Pham took little action in response to one of her complaints.

David Richter, SVP of Business

Uber

Richter, who joined Uber in 2014 as its vice president of strategic initiatives, got a promotion when Chief Business Officer Emil Michael resigned on Monday. Richter took over the job of heading Uber’s business as a senior vice president.

Prior to joining Uber, Richter was the chief strategy officer at Say Media for three years. He is known for being the “adult in the room,” and will have a difficult task ahead of him in the absence of both Kalanick and Michael. 

Ryan Graves, SVP Operations

Uber

When Ryan Graves responded to a tweet from Travis Kalanick about a job at a startup by saying, “HERE’s a tip. email me:)“, there was no way of knowing Uber would become the $ 69 billion company it is today. 

Graves served as Uber’s first CEO and general manager. Kalanick succeeded him as CEO, something Graves was “super pumped” about. (For his part, Kalanick was “frickin’ pumped“.)

Graves then served as a senior vice president and head of global operations. When Jeff Jones joined the company from Target to head up Uber’s operations, Graves became the company’s resident entrepreneur and builder. Following Jones’ departure in March, he’s been back in his old role as SVP of Operations.


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