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This is who’s running Uber now that CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned

Kalanick announced on Tuesday that he was resigning from the company.

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Update: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gave into pressure from five major shareholders on Tuesday and announced he was resigning from the company.

That comes exactly a week after he decided that he would take some time off, just as the results of an investigation into widespread mismanagement and a toxic work culture under his leadership were revealed.

His departure leaves the ride-hail company that has spent the better part of 2017 fighting public scandals without a COO, CFO, CMO and, now, a CEO.

So who will be running the company while its board searches for someone to replace Kalanick?

The famously combative executive is leaving the ride-hail company in the hands of a number of his direct reports — only a few of whom are C-suite executives. Part of that is because the company has seen a parade of executives either resign or be terminated in the last few months. That includes the company’s president Jeff Jones, its SVP of engineering Amit Singhal, its head of finance Gautam Gupta and more.

That is, of course, all subject to change as Uber continues its search for a COO, which the company hopes to make an announcement about soon. The priority right now is finding a replacement for Kalanick but if that doesn’t happen first, the COO will likely lead the charge in the interim.

Here are the executives that have come and gone in the last few months:

Uber’s executive revolving door Travis Kalanick

Until then, this handful of Kalanick’s direct reports will be running the day to day of the business.

Here’s the rundown of what they’ll be taking care of.


Rachel Holt: Holt, who joined Uber in 2011 as the general manager of Washington, D.C., is now the regional general manager of the U.S. and Canada and will be heading up the business in those countries.

Andrew MacDonald: MacDonald, internally referred to as Mac, joined Uber in 2012 as the general manager of Toronto. He has since moved his way up to be the general manager of Latin America and the Asia Pacific region and will be managing business there while Kalanick is out.

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty: Gore-Coty also started at Uber in 2012 but as the general manager of France, and will continue to run business for the company in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

David Richter: Richter was just promoted yesterday to be the SVP of business after Emil Michael — Kalanick’s close confidant — announced he was leaving the company.

Product and Engineering

Thuan Pham: Pham, the chief technology officer, joined Uber in 2013 and will continue to run the company’s engineering teams. Pham came under pressure as part of the investigation, which was prompted by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s account of sexism and sexual harassment at the company. Fowler indicated that she had reported these incidents to Pham.

Daniel Graf: Graf is a relatively recent addition to Uber. The former Google maps employee joined the company in 2015 as the head of marketplace. But he moved up quickly when earlier this year the former vice president of product and growth Ed Baker resigned. Graf will continue to run the product team, which includes the rider and driver apps.

Eric Meyhofer: Meyhofer, the co-founder of Carnegie Robotics, joined Uber in 2015 when the company first set up its autonomous vehicle department in Pittsburgh. He took over the entire department after Uber’s then head of self-driving Anthony Levandowski recused himself from the role as a result of Alphabet’s lawsuit alleging he stole key documents from the company. Uber later fired Levandowski for not participating in the suit. Meyhofer will continue to manage Uber’s autonomous operations.

People and Organization

Liane Hornsey: Hornsey, the company’s chief human resources officer, joined Uber from SoftBank in the beginning of the year and was immediately thrown into navigating a culture crisis that had quickly seeped into the public eye. She’s been charged with the difficult task of remediating the company’s deficiencies and reshaping a human resources department that served primarily to enable the company’s growth. At an all-staff meeting today discussing the investigation, Hornsey seemed hopeful and optimistic and even asked employees — many of whom have been actively seeking other opportunities — to give the company another chance.

“I have spoken to a lot of you personally and I know that you’re polishing your resumes,” she said. “But I have something to say to you: I don’t know how [any] of you could think this is the moment to leave this company. This is the moment this company becomes the very best company in the world.”

Francis Frei: Frei is another recent addition to the company. The well-regarded academic joined Uber as its SVP of leadership and culture and will be in charge of restructuring the company’s organization. At the meeting, the board talked about how the company has up till now been run like a small startup with little training for young, first-time managers. The firm recommended implementing mandatory leadership training.


Salle Yoo: Yoo recently became the chief legal officer at the company. She joined Uber in 2012 as its general counsel. Uber is now seeking a new general counsel.

Angela Padilla: Padilla is the company’s associate general counsel and has been at Uber since 2015.


Joe Sullivan: Sullivan joined Uber in 2015 from Facebook where he also served as chief security officer.


Jill Hazelbaker: Hazelbaker joined Uber in 2015 from Snapchat originally as the vice president of policy and communications but took over as the senior vice president when Rachel Whetstone stepped down earlier this year.

Update: This story has been updated to include Kalanick’s resignation from the company.

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