Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Uber's first employee is the latest high-profile exec to jump ship

Uber's first employee is the latest high-profile exec to jump ship

"In some ways my focus going forward will not actually change very much", Graves said in an August 10 internal email obtained by Quartz.

Graves said in an email to employees that he will stay on as director of Uber's board. "So I will do everything in my power to deliver on those goals for the benefit of our organization and the millions of people - riders, drivers, eaters and couriers - and their communities that Uber serves every day".

In a letter to employees, Graves said "I'll be embracing another big change on my journey with Uber and will transition out of a full-time operating role to focus on my role as a Board Director". He also served as the San Francisco-based company's first CEO, in 2010.

Benchmark, an early investor and one of the largest shareholders in Uber Technologies, is suing the company's former CEO Travis Kalanick for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Benchmark's lawsuit exemplifies the level of chaos within Uber's ranks as the $69 billion company has continued its search for a new CEO. Kalanick resigned under pressure in June after a months-long investigation into sexual harassment and other behavior problems at the company.

This article was originally published at 10:15 a.m.

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