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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
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 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.
Rachel Holt, Regional General Manager of US and Canada
As Uber’s regional general manager for US and Canada, Rachel Holt oversees some of the company’s biggest metro markets, including Washington, D.C., where she is based.
The term “general manager” understates her rank and power within the company. And Holt enjoys a close relationship with Kalanick, who sent her an Uber-branded onesie for the birth of her child.
“Uber is a place where the best ideas win. That is because of Travis,” she told Newsweek in an interview. “And it makes it one of the most rewarding places you can work. If you have a good idea, and you email him with that idea, you’ll be the one running that project that week. That’s pretty special, and pretty unique, for the CEO of a company as big as Uber.”
Andrew Macdonald, Regional General Manager of Latin America and APAC markets
Andrew Macdonald has been with Uber since its early days, starting in Chicago, one of the first cities where the ride-hailing company offered service. Since then, “Mac”, as he’s known within the company, has risen through the ranks and is now the regional general manager of Uber’s Latin America and APAC markets.
Before Uber, Macdonald had a different kind of transportation job:
“My summers in University were spent building pick-up trucks at a General Motors factory, 438 trucks per 8-hour shift,” he said in his Uber bio. “There was about 20-30 seconds of downtime in between each truck rolling by, in which I’d quickly read a sentence or two from whatever book I had going. I used to get through a few books a week.”
Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Regional General Manager of EMEA
Based in the Netherlands, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty is the regional general manager for the EMEA and former regional general manager for Western Europe.
Gore-Coty made international headlines when he and the general manager of Uber’s operations in France were held by French police and charged with deceptive business strategies and illegally operating a taxi company. Europe has been a hotly contested market for the company, and it’s been in Gore-Coty’s charge to transform it into a successful one.
Liane Hornsey, Chief Human Resources Officer
In November, Uber hired Liane Hornsey, a longtime VP at Google and operating partner at SoftBank, to be its new senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Kalanick announced her hiring by calling her “one of the most sought-after ‘people people’ in the world”.
Hornsey joined Uber immediately before Uber was hit by the series of scandals that started with Fowler’s post. She’s been a positive figure for the company through the recent scandals, and recently wrote in a memo to employees, “I have never felt more confident in a company’s ability to change and reshape the future.”
Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer
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As chief security officer, Joe Sullivan oversees everything that relates to security and safety at the company, from tracking driver’s phones to monitoring speeding to placing Bop-It toys in cars to distract unruly passengers.
Sullivan is also in charge of protecting the data Uber collects. That role has gained heightened scrutiny after a few high-profile mishaps, like a recent breach that potentially exposed the personal information of some 50,000 drivers.
After starting as a lawyer fighting cybercrime, Sullivan switched to working within tech companies, starting with eBay. The bulk of his career was spent at Facebook, where he spent eight years helping shepherd the then young company. His hire in April 2015 was a big coup for Uber, and Sullivan’s been luring other Facebookers to the ride-hailing company since.
Daniel Graf, VP Product Management
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In December 2015, Uber made a big hire when it brought on Daniel Graf. The Silicon Valley veteran founded and sold Kyte before moving to Google where he became famous for bringing Google Maps to the iPhone. He joined Uber after a stint as Twitter’s head of product and after a sabbatical.
He initially worked as Uber’s head of marketplace, but took over running the product team after the departure of Ed Baker.
Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer
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Jeff Holden serves as Chief Product Officer for Uber, and helps dream up its crazy future. One of his biggest projects was Uber’s partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and subsequent research operations into building self-driving cars.
Recently, Holden has been working at Uber Elevate, a network of flying taxis Uber hopes to debut in Dubai by 2020.
Holden joined Uber in 2014 from Groupon, but that’s likely not the experience Kalanick hired him for. Before that, Holden was a key player at Amazon where he was likened to a kind of planet “Mercury” orbiting closest to Bezos’ Sun, according to Brad Stone’s book, “The Everything Store.“
Frances Frei, SVP of Leadership and Strategy
Frances Frei, whose hiring Uber announced earlier this month, is joining Uber at its first ever senior vice president of leadership and strategy. She began working as a consultant for Uber while serving as Harvard Business School’s senior associate dean of executive education. She’s known for her efforts at HBS to open doors for all kinds of people.
Her job description is vague. She’ll likely be focusing on training managers and executives, and helping Hornsey with updating and implementing harassment and discrimination policies.
Eric Meyhofer, Head of Advanced Technologies group
Eric Meyhofer joined Uber in 2015 after co-founding Carnegie Robotics. He took over Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, which oversees the development of self-driving cars and trucks, after the company fired Anthony Levandowski.
It’s a high-profile position in the company. Kalanick has called ATG’s work “existential” to Uber’s future success.
Salle Yoo, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Uber is no stranger to legal actions, and Salle Yoo led Uber’s efforts to defend itself after joined Uber as its general counsel in 2012. Uber promoted Yoo in May to be its chief legal officer and corporate secretary, and it’s now looking for a new general counsel.
One thing Yoo is passionate about is equal pay. She’s known for asking HR to redo offer letters for women if she doesn’t think the pay offered is comparable to what men would get. When forming new teams, she makes a point to hire women for them early in the process.
Jill Hazelbaker, SVP Policy and Communications
Hazelbaker replaced Rachel Whetstone in April as senior vice president of policy and communications. She had previously worked under Whetstone at both Uber and at Google.
Hazelbaker also has experience in politics. She worked on Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 mayoral campaign and John McCain’s 2008 run for president.