Ryan Graves, Uber's first employee who has served as the company's senior vice president of global operations, has stepped down from his role.
After Kalanick founded Uber with Garrett Camp in 2009, they brought on Graves as the first employee. Graves, 34, said in a staff email that he'll relinquish those positions in mid-September but will remain on the board to help the ride-hailing company search for a CEO to replace co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted in June.
Graves said he will support Uber's new CEO once that person is hired.
Graves was Uber's first hire a little more than seven years ago.
An Uber spokesman did not immediately respond when asked to confirm the move.
But that brashness has also been blamed for a string of scandals this year, from the unearthing of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber to a U.S. Department of Justice federal investigation and a high-stakes lawsuit filed by Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) autonomous vehicle division, Waymo, that threatens Uber's self-driving auto ambitions. That prompted two outside investigations into the company's workplace culture, which concluded shortly before Kalanick's ouster. "We should have taken more time to reflect on our mistakes and make changes together", Graves wrote. "There always seemed to be another goal, another target, another business or city to launch".