Uber loses key exec Ryan Graves

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Agosto 10, 2017

Graves serves as senior vice president of operations at Uber and is on the executive leadership team tasked with running the business in the absence of a chief executive officer. Graves, 34, said in a staff email that he'll relinquish those positions in mid-September but will remain on the board to help the ride-hailing company search for a CEO to replace co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted in June.

Ryan Graves is stepping down as SVP but will stay on the board. That search is in a bit of a rut, which reports of meddling by former CEO Travis Kalanick and a dearth of female candidates. "So I will do everything in my power to deliver on those goals for the benefit of our organization and the millions of people - riders, drivers, eaters and couriers - and their communities that Uber serves every day".

"It's really important to me that this transition doesn't take away from the importance of the onboarding process of our new CEO, whoever that might be", he wrote.

Graves is generally a well-liked figure at Uber.

Graves was one of the first employees at Uber and is a significant shareholder.

Graves is the latest in a long line of executives to leave the company. It was also Graves, the CEO at the time, who brought in the venture capital firm First Round Capital as Uber's first big investor. Uber's first head of human resources, Renee Atwood, reported to Graves, not Kalanick, throughout her tenure.

Gizmodo's Kate Conger obtained a copy of the company-wide memo apparently sent by Graves to announce his new role, which you can read below.

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