: Uber CTO Sukumar Rathnam leaving after less than a year


Uber’s chief technology officer resigned Tuesday after less than a year at the company.

Sukumar Rathnam was an engineering manager at Amazon

before he started as CTO of Uber Technologies Inc.

in late September 2020. He replaced Thuan Pham, the CTO who had been there seven years before leaving last May.

The news was first reported by Business Insider, which cited unnamed sources who said Rathnam was clashing with Uber’s chief product officer, Sundeep Jain. Rathnam sent an email to his team, and Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi emailed the company’s employees about the departure Tuesday.

Rathnam, who also had previous engineering roles at Microsoft Corp.
PeopleSoft and Oracle Corp.
said in the email that he would stay to help with the transition for the next couple of weeks. In his memo, Khosrowshahi expressed his appreciation for Rathnam and said the eight-person engineering leadership team will now report directly to him.

 “We thank Sukumar for his contributions to raising the engineering and talent bar at Uber, and wish him all the best,” a spokesman for the ride-hailing giant said late Tuesday.

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