Sometimes it’s a scandal, sometimes it’s bad management, and sometimes it’s just time to move on. Whatever the reason, every year sees its handful of high-profile executive departures in the world of tech — moves that can drastically change the course of a company for better or worse. This year saw a couple departures stemming from an old internet giant getting swallowed up, a late swap in the music video world, and of course, the reigning scandal king of tech — this guy.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
It’s kind of overwhelming trying to recount every scandal that rocked Uber this year. We tried, and in the month since we put up this post, the list still managed to get longer. Before this year, though, things looked rosy! Under founder and CEO Travis Kalanick’s leadership, Uber came to dominate ride-hailing, rocking the established taxi industry in the process. It was ready to plow ahead into autonomous driving and looking like the dominant transportation company of the future.
But, as it turned out, Kalanick also oversaw an organization rife with sexism and accepting of harassment, possibly obtained stolen self-driving car technology from a former Waymo employee, got caught on camera arguing with a driver over driver’s payouts getting smaller, actively sought to deceive and avoid regulators when operating in legal grey areas, and much more! He was forced to resign by investors in June and was replaced in August by former Expedia CEO Dana Khosrowshahi, who has quite the mess to clean up. Don’t worry, he’s probably being paid well to do it. Kalanick remains in the picture, as he’s still on Uber’s board of directors.