It seems that every week brings news of another Uber executive stepping down. On Monday, it came to light that self-driving car lead Sherif Marakby had left the company, echoing a string of similar announcements over the last few months.
Nine key employees, including several in management positions, have left the beleaguered ridehailing company since the end of February. Considering Uber’s highly publicized struggles of late—the company has been accused of sexual harassment by a former engineer and been named in a lawsuit that claims it stole self-driving technology from Google's Waymo, among several other hits—it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the trends aren't related.
Here’s a recap of the high-profile Uber executives who have resigned in recent months:
April 17: Sherif Marakby, VP of global vehicle programs
Marakby had joined Uber last April to help launch its self-driving car program after spending most of his career at Ford. Uber's self-driving vehicle initiative has been at the center of a lot of the controversy surrounding the company, particularly with the ongoing Waymo lawsuit. Marakby will reportedly take a break before deciding what he does next.
April 11: Rachel Whetstone, head of communications and policy
Whetstone, a Google alum, headed up communications for Uber, which had likely become a difficult job. Reports indicated that one reason Whetstone left was because she'd grown tired of the drama surrounding the ridehailing company. Jill Hazelbaker, a VP in Uber's communications and policy department, took over the position.
March 20: Brian McClendon, VP of maps and business platform
Officially, McClendon left Uber to explore politics in his home state of Kansas. Unofficially, it’s possible his resignation had something to do with the fact that he was named in the lawsuit filed by Google, his former employer. McClendon has since joined the University of Kansas as a research professor in electrical engineering and computer science. He will advise Uber on a part-time basis.
March 19: Jeff Jones, president
The company lost its No. 2 executive when Jones left his position after just seven months. His exit was directly related to the ongoing controversies at the company. In a statement to Recode, Jones said he could no longer serve as Uber’s president because he disagreed with the company’s beliefs and approach to leadership.
March 8: Gary Marcus, director of AI labs
Marcus stepped down after just a few months at Uber, a tenure that began when the company acquired his startup, Geometric Intelligence, and put him in charge of its AI division. At the time, he said in a Facebook post that he left to return to his family in New York and that he would remain an advisor to Uber.
March 6: Ed Baker, VP of product and growth
Baker, a Facebook alum, stepped down from his position as vice president of product and growth after more than three years at Uber. In an email seen by Recode, Baker said he resigned to focus on working in the public sector—but rumors also surfaced that he left because he was seen engaged in a sexual encounter with another employee.
March 3: Charlie Miller, senior engineer
Miller, who’s known as an expert hacker and security expert, left Uber to join rival Didi Chuxing’s self-driving car division. He spent the last part of his tenure at Uber on its Autonomous Transportation Security (ATG) team, which has also lost several lower-level engineers.
February 28: Amit Singhal, SVP of engineering
Singhal, who worked at Uber for just one month, was asked to resign because he failed to disclose that he’d left Google a year previously due to allegations of sexual harassment. He had spent 15 years at Google, where he was an early employee at the tech giant and served as a leader in its search division.
February 23: Raffi Krikorian, senior director of engineering
Krikorian joined Uber in March 2015 after the ridehailing company acquired Otto, a self-driving trucking startup, to help lead its efforts in autonomous vehicle technology. A former Twitter executive, Krikorian reportedly said in an email to employees that he left Uber to focus on his family during their move to California.