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Uber's Graves Stepping Down From Leadership Role

10 August 2017

Another Uber Technologies Inc. executive is stepping down from his role, according to reports Thursday. Graves was known to be one of former CEO Travis Kalanick's most loyal supporters, which may explain his move away from Uber's executive team.

As board director, Graves will aid in the search for Uber's new CEO.

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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. He led Uber's expansion efforts as the company grew to 8,000 employees with operations in more than 450 cities.

Uber's Ryan Graves is stepping down as SVP but will stay on the board.

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The ride-hailing company's senior vice president of global operations steps down from the position but stays on as board director. "It's clear to me the stability of our board of directors, the selection of our new CEO, and the empowerment of our management team is what is needed most". But during the scandal-plagued first half of 2017, some employees complained that Graves was missing-in-action. Kalanick resigned under pressure in June after a months-long investigation into sexual harassment and other behavior problems at the company.

In the closing paragraph of Graves' email, he addressed recent crises Uber has faced. "Confucius said that reflection is the noblest method to learn wisdom, and fortunately, our new found reflection and introspection has become an asset to us and we have evolved and grown considerably".

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Uber's Graves Stepping Down From Leadership Role