The People That Run Uber
It’s been a year since Dara Khosrowshahi took over the reins at Uber following a tumultuous period that started when a former engineer went public with allegations of systemic sexism and harassment at the company. Travis Kalanick ultimately stepped down and Khosrowshahi took over as CEO. It seems that Uber has finally found the executive team that can take the company public in 2019. See Uber’s updated org chart here.
One of Khosrowshahi’s first moves as CEO was to bring on an old friend, Barney Hartford, as Chief Operating Officer to run strategy, operations, marketing, and customer support as well as the company's food-delivery business, Uber Eats. The two had worked together at Expedia when the company was still part of Microsoft. He among other things led the push of Expedia into Asia.
A period of high-profile executive departures followed as Khosrowshahi tried to address the toxicity of the Kalanick era. Most recently, Liane Hornsey, Uber’s head of human resources, resigned following an internal investigation into how she handled claims of racial discrimination within the company. Hornsey was one of the only remaining executives that initially defended Kalanick and the company.
In the last three months, Uber has hired a new Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief People Officer. Especially Nelson Chai’s appointment as CFO is critical to Uber’s plans to go public in 2019. Nelson brings more than a decade of experience in senior positions at some of the world’s leading publicly traded financial services and insurance companies. He joins Uber from the Chicago-based Warranty Group, an insurance and warranty provider, where he was CEO.