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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns; Board Shuffle Continues Featured

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Uber Technologies’ CEO Travis Kalanick, 40, has stepped down from his role. He will continue to serve on the board of directors.  Five of the major shareholders in the company – Benchmark Capital, Fidelity, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital and Menlo Ventures, demanded the CEO’s resignation. 

Kalanick co-founded Uber in 2009 and led it to be the largest U.S. ride-hailing service and among the biggest globally. Prior to Uber, he co-founded Red Swoosh in 2001 that specialized in file-sharing technology and managed to sell it to Akamai Technologies for nearly $19 million in 2007. Before Red Swoosh, he co-founded Scour with his UCLA batch mates in 1998 which offered an Internet search engine and file-sharing services.

CEO Travis Kalanick had announced earlier this month that he would take an indefinite leave from the company, to reflect on the ongoing changes and to grieve the death of his mother, according to CNN Money. The company was decided to be run by a management committee as it tries to navigate the wave of scandals.  

Meanwhile, TPG Capital elected David Trujillo, 40, as new Uber board member replacing David Bonderman, 74, founder of private equity firm TPG, who was cited making a sexist remark last week, and stepped down later on. Trujillo is a Partner at TPG, where he leads TPG's Internet, digital media, and communications investing efforts across the firm’s Growth and Capital platforms. Prior to joining TPG in 2006, David was a VP and Associate at GTCR Golder Rauner.

Benchmark Capital Partner Bill Gurley, 51, is also leaving Uber’s board and will be replaced by another Benchmark Partner Matt Cohler, 40. 

At Benchmark, Gurley has led investments in and holds board seats on Brighter, DogVacay, GrubHub, HackerOne, Linden Lab, LiveOps, Nextdoor, OpenTable, Sailthru, Scale Computing, Stitch Fix, Vessel, and Zillow, among many earlier ones. Before joining Benchmark in 1999, Gurley was a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He had also spent four year and was a Research Analyst on Wall Street including three years at CS First Boston. 

Cohler is a venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. He served as VP of Product Management for Facebook till June 2008.

Uber's key roles now open - include CEO, Chief Diversity Officer, CFO, CMO, COO, General Counsel and SVP, Engineering.

Date: June 22, 2017

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She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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