It’s been a year of turmoil for Uber, as the company has careened from one crises to another.
Since February, when Susan Fowler released her now infamous blog post, the ride-hailing company has lost a deep bench of its top executives – each leaving the company for different reasons.
Uber now has a new CEO in former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who started on the job two weeks ago.
Given the number of vacancies at the top of his org, he may not have to ask for the resignations of a large number of people in order to bring in his own hand-picked team.
Yet it’s also clear that the exodus isn’t entirely over yet, as just this month Uber’s compliance officer, top lawyer and others have said that they, too, are leaving.
Here’s an updated tally of who has left the company and why since February.
Travis Kalanick, former CEO
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Departure: June 20
Replacement: Dara Khosrowshahi
After a months of scandals, an internal investigation that led the company to fire 20 people, and a slew of lawsuits, Uber co-founder Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO. Adding to the pressure on Kalanick was an insurrection among a number of major investors that was led by Benchmark, which holds a board seat.
Kalanick remains on Uber’s board of directors.
Salle Yoo, former top lawyer
Replacement: none, yet
Uber’s top legal officer Salle Yoo has resigned from the company effective after she helps Khosrowshahi find her successor. She announced her departure in an email to the troops, published by the WSJ on September 12.
She leaves as Uber faces numerous lawsuits including one by Waymo alleging Uber stole its self-driving car trade secrets; one involving allegations that executives looked at medical records of a rape victim in India; and three federal probes into its operations.
Michael Brown, head of operations in Asia
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Departure: Sept. 19
Replacement: none, yet
Michael Brown had been with Uber ramping up its Asia operations for four years. Although he was not involved in Uber’s China or India business, and its struggles there, his name was involved in several of other scandals.
For instance, in August, Uber was accused of knowingly leasing 1,000 recalled vehicles to drivers in Singapore and Brown advocated pulling all the vehicles off the road after one of them caught fire.
The DOJ is also currently investigating whether Uber violated bribery laws in several Asian countries in Brown’s territory.
Joseph Spiegler, former head of compliance
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Departure: around August 28
Replacement: None yet
Joseph Spiegler resigned his post of Global Head of Compliance after a year and a half in the role, days before Khosrowshahi started as the new CEO. His departure came at a time when the company found itself embroiled in numerous lawsuits, including three federal investigations.
Spiegler came to Uber after 8 years of legal and compliance work for health care company Baxter.
Gautam Gupta, former Head of Finance
Departure: July (announced on May 31)
Replacement: Uber is searching for a CFO with public company experience. Its temporary finance chief is Prabir Adarkar, who also serves as its head of strategic finance.
Gupta had run Uber’s finances since the departure of its last CFO in 2015, but the company never officially gave him the CFO title. Gupta joined Uber from Goldman Sachs more than four years ago. He left in July to join a startup in an unrelated field, serving as COO.
Emil Michael, former SVP of business
Departure: June 12
Replacement:David Richter, former VP of VP of strategic initiatives
Emil Michael had been a key executive at Uber as the head of business for four years as well as a close confident of Travis Kalanick. He resigned days before the company released the results of a four-month investigation that recommended, among many things, that the company radically change the roles of its leaders.
That report came weeks after another internal investigation found 215 complaints of inappropriate workplace incidents that resulted in the firing of 20 people.
Insiders say his resignition was an attempt to appease board members so they wouldn’t demand Kalanick’s head as well. It didn’t work. A few weeks later, Kalanick was pushed to resign as well.
Eric Alexander, former president of business in Asia
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Departure: June 6
Eric Alexander was Uber’s president of business in Asia including China and India who had been with the company for three years.
He was terminated by the company after news reports leaked that he had allegedly obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who accused her Uber driver of rape. The driver was later convicted and Uber settled a lawsuit with the woman but the incident led Uber to be temporarily banned from operating in the country.
Alexander reportedly obtained the records as part of an investigation to see if Uber’s competitors Ola was involved in this incident. The woman is currently suing Uber again over its possession of her medical records.
Anthony Levandowski, former head of Advanced Technologies Group
Departure: May 30
Replacement: Eric Meyhofer
Uber fired Levandowski, the former head of its self-driving-car program, over his refusal to cooperate in its legal battle with Waymo. Uber had been asking Levandowski for months to assist with its internal investigation for its defense against Waymo’s charges, but he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself against self-incrimination.
Despite not being named in the lawsuit, Levandowski’s actions have been at the center of the legal battle between Uber and Waymo, the self-driving-car operation owned by Google parent company Alphabet. Waymo has accused Levandowski, a former star Google engineer, of downloading 14,000 files before he left Google and then using that information to jump-start Uber’s self-driving-car program.
Sherif Marakby, former VP of Global Vehicle Programs
Departure: April 17
Marakby joined Uber in April 2016 and helped launch its self-driving car effort. Although his departure a year later came amid the lawsuit with Waymo over autonomous car technology, Uber says it was unrelated to the legal dispute.
Before his one-year stint at Uber, Marakby spent 25 years at Ford, eventually working as its director of global electronics and engineering. He’s now back at Ford to lead the car giant’s self-driving car unit.
Rachel Whetstone, former SVP of Global Policy and Communications
Departure: April 11
Replacement: Jill Hazelbaker
Whetstone joined Uber in 2015 from Google. As soon as she started, she revamped Uber’s communications strategy and attempted to rein in Uber’s free-wheeling cities, which had caused more than a few PR problems.
But Whetstone quit suddenly in April amid a torrent of negative headlines for the company. “I joined Uber because I love the product-and that love is as strong today as it was when I booked my very first ride six years ago,” Whetstone said in her farewell statement.
Brian McClendon, former VP of Maps and Business Platform
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Departure: March 28
Replacement: Manik Gupta
McClendon joined Uber in 2015 from Google, where he was known as the “maps guy,” because he had been an early leader in the creation of Google Maps and Google Earth. After initially overseeing Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, McClendon returned to his specialty, becoming the company’s VP of Maps and Business Platform.
He left the company to return to his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas to explore politics. “This fall’s election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy – and I want to do that in the place I call home,” he reportedly said. “I believe in Uber’s mission and the many talented people working there to make it a reality and that’s why I have agreed to stay on as an adviser.”
Jeff Jones, former president of ridesharing
Departure: March 19
Replacement: None. Uber is searching for a COO instead.
When the company announced Jones’ hire in August 2016, Kalanick lauded him for his experience as a Target’s chief marketing officer and was excited about what he would bring to the ride-hailing giant. Jones’ role as president meant he was in charge of all of Uber’s operations, marketing, and customer support around the globe.
But Jones ended up leaving after less than a year at the company. In a statement sent to Recode, Jones said he was leaving because “the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.”
Gary Marcus, former head of Uber AI Labs
Departure: March 8
Replacement: Zoubin Ghahramani, Uber’s Chief Scientist
Marcus joined Uber in December 2016 to much fanfare from the company. Uber had acquired his 15-person startup, Geometric Intelligence, and brought Marcus in to lead its new AI Lab. However, the exec left after just four months on the job to spend more time with his family. He’s now a “special advisor” for Uber’s AI efforts.
Ed Baker, former VP of Product and Growth
Departure: March 3
Replacement: Daniel Graf, VP of Product
Baker resigned suddenly under mysterious circumstances in March after three years at the company. He had joined Uber from Facebook where he was leading international growth. At Uber, Baker oversaw the engineers, product managers, and marketing teams that were trying to attract both new riders and drivers to the platform.
Amit Singhal, former SVP of engineering and advisor to Travis Kalanick
Departure: February 27
Google’s former search chief came back out of retirement in January 2017 to join Uber as its new senior vice president of engineering. In the role, Singhal was in charge of overseeing engineering on Uber’s marketplace and maps teams – two key departments that touch the core of Uber’s business – and advising Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick. However, Uber asked Singhal to resign a month after he joined the company after published reports disclosed that sexual-harassment allegations were made against him at his previous job, which he hadn’t disclosed to Uber.
And it’s not just the top execs that are leaving. Longtime Uber managers, like Josh Mohrer, who ran its NYC operation, have departed in recent months.
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Nina Qi left Uber in July, after two years in corporate development, leaping to Autodesk. The previous month, her name was publicly dragged into Waymo’s litigation against Uber, when court documents revealed that Levandowsk possessed five disks worth of data from his former employer, and emailed Kalanick, Qi and the VP of corporate development, Cameron Poetzscher, and told them.
Josh Mohrer left Uber in May after five years at the ride-hailing company. He built Uber’s operations in New York City – often in a controversial and contentious way – but was critical to expanding the company’s empire.
Raffi Krikorian departed Uber in February to move with his family back to California. He joined the company in March 2015 and led its team of more than 50 self-driving car engineers in Pittsburgh as the senior director of engineering for its Advanced Technologies Group.
Brian Tolkin left in May after building UberPool into one of the company’s most popular products. As UberPool’s first product manager, Tolkin was one of the biggest cheerleaders for how shared rides could change transportation around the world. There’s no word about what he’ll do next.
Charlie Miller jumped to Uber rival Didi Chuxing in March 2017 to work on the Chinese company’s autonomous vehicles. After making a name for himself by hacking a Jeep Cherokee and stopping it remotely, the security engineer was a marquee hire for Uber when he joined the company in 2015.