Uber Technologies Inc.’s chief product officer,
said he is leaving the company after a four-year stint that included the development of the company’s carpool service and oversight of its flying-taxi initiative.
Mr. Holden told colleagues his last day at the San Francisco ride-hailing firm is Thursday, a spokesman confirmed. Uber didn’t say if Mr. Holden had a new job lined up.
Uber’s former chief executive,
hired Mr. Holden four years ago from
where he also was product chief. Mr. Holden also spent about nine years at
where he was known for helping to lead the development of the Amazon Prime membership program.
At Uber, Mr. Holden oversaw the creation of UberPool, which lets people hail a ride with others going in roughly the same direction.
His departure follows that of
the global head of business and corporate development, earlier this month. Of 16 executives running the company as a committee last year immediately after the departure of Mr. Kalanick in June, seven have since left including the vice president of product and chief legal officer.
More recently, Mr. Holden ceded his work on the core ride-hailing app and focused his time on Uber’s plan to dispatch a fleet of electric air taxis made by other companies. Just last week, Mr. Holden led a keynote speech onstage at Uber’s two-day event in Los Angeles promoting the planned flying taxi service.
Oversight of the Elevate flying taxi project will fall to Eric Allison, Uber said. Mr. Allison was recruited from Zee Aero, the flying car project backed by
co-founder Larry Page.
“We’re incredibly bullish on the future of aerial ride-sharing,” said an Uber spokesman in a statement. “Under the leadership of Eric Allison, the Elevate team is set up for success and will continue to chart the course for this growing industry.”
At Uber, Mr. Holden also was known for helping to create its corporate values, which last year became a lightning rod for criticism following the company’s series of scandals including allegations of sexual harassment. Those 14 values included controversial phrases such as “toe-stepping” and “always be hustlin’” and “principled confrontation.”
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who Uber hired to help lead an investigation of its workplace culture last year, recommended revamping the set of values in favor of ones that he wrote in his report that “reflect more inclusive and positive behaviors.”
In November, new Chief Executive
rolled out a fresh set of cultural norms, as he called them. He has since emphasized one in particular—“We Do the Right Thing. Period”—reflecting Uber’s prior reputation for thumbing its nose at regulators.
Mr. Khosrowshahi, meanwhile, is trying to build out his executive ranks, including a finance chief, chairman and three other board seats. He has run into some trouble recruiting a CFO after top pick
who holds the post at
indicated recently he will not take the job
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