Uber’s CEO is on leave — meet the 14 new executives running the company

Travis Kalanick

Uber’s got a whole new team at the top.

In the wake of a series of scandals and a report recommending wide-ranging changes at the company, CEO Travis Kalanick announced Tuesday he’s taking a leave of absence. It’s unclear how long he’ll be gone. 

Kalanick’s leave is only the latest example of the upheaval in Uber’s top ranks. 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.

With the old leaders out, Uber has a new group heading the company. Here are the 14 executives now running Uber and what they will be working on:


Thuan Pham, Chief Technology Officer

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

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

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.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider


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