Waymo, the autonomous automotive unit of Google’s dad or mum firm, Alphabet, mentioned John Krafcik is stepping down as chief government after 5 and a half years on the helm.
In a press release, Waymo mentioned the chief government duties will likely be divided between two present firm executives — Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov. Ms. Mawakana was Waymo’s chief working officer, and Mr. Dolgov was the corporate’s chief expertise officer earlier than the promotion.
In a weblog publish saying the transfer, Mr. Krafcik, 59, didn’t specify a cause for why he was stepping down at this second aside from to say he was pursuing “new adventures.” Waymo mentioned it was Mr. Krafcik’s determination and that he plans to stay an adviser to the corporate.
Mr. Krafcik, a longtime auto trade government who oversaw Hyundai Motor’s U.S. operations, joined Waymo in 2015 when it was nonetheless a part of Google. Throughout his tenure, Google spun out Waymo right into a separate subsidiary of Alphabet, and the corporate raised greater than $3 billion from exterior traders in a transfer that signaled a better independence from its dad or mum firm.
Google and Waymo have pursued self-driving automotive expertise for greater than a decade. Waymo has launched its personal autonomous taxi service within the better Phoenix space known as Waymo One, and the corporate has struck partnerships with a handful of automotive producers, together with Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, to construct its self-driving expertise into their autos.
Ms. Mawakana joined Waymo 4 years in the past as the worldwide head of coverage and has been the corporate’s working chief for the final two years. Earlier than that she labored in coverage positions at eBay, Yahoo and AOL.
Mr. Dolgov is likely one of the unique workers who began Google’s self-driving automotive undertaking in 2009 and is taken into account one of many main technical specialists in autonomous car expertise.