Sukumar Rathnam, Uber CTO, leaves after less than a year

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

Sukumar Rathnam was an engineering manager at Amazon
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before starting as CTO of Uber Technologies Inc.
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on end of September 2020. He replaced Thuan Pham, the chief technology officer who had been there for seven years before leaving last May.

The news was first reported by Business Insider, which cited unidentified sources who said Rathnam was clashing with Uber’s chief product officer, Sundeep Jain. Rathnam emailed his team and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi emailed company employees about the departure on Tuesday.

Rathnam, who also held previous engineering positions at Microsoft Corp.
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He said in the email that he would stay to help with the transition for the next several 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 bar for engineering and talent at Uber, and we wish him all the best,” a spokesperson for the ridesharing giant said Tuesday night.

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