Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov will serve as co-CEOs
Waymo CEO John Krafcik has announced that he will step down as CEO. Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo’s chief operating officer, and Dmitri Dolgov, the company’s chief technology officer, will work together as co-CEOs going forward.
“After five and a half stimulating years leading this team, I decided to leave my role as CEO with Waymo and start new adventures. To begin with, I look forward to an update period, reconnecting with old friends and family and discovering new parts of the world, ”he commented in a blog post announcing the change. In a separate Linkedin post, Krafcik further explained the movement, noting that the point at which Waymo was launching Waymo One and Waymo Via became a “wonderful opportunity for me to pass the baton”.
In a statement to employees obtained by CNBC, Mawakana and Dolgov said: “We are committed to working with you to build, deploy and market the Waymo driver and to boost the success of our incredible team and this company. We are energized by the road and the opportunity that lies ahead. “
Krafcik joined Waymo as its first CEO in 2015, before it was its own branch of the company (or even before being called Waymo), and has since led the division. He will also remain in at least some capacity as a consultant in the future. Prior to joining Waymo, Krafcik served as president and CEO of Hyundai’s American operations (in addition to a stint on the TrueCar automotive price comparison website).
Waymo has come a long way since then: the company has been testing self-driving self-driving cars in Phoenix since 2018 through its Waymo One service (which has continued to increase in subsequent years). The company is also working on autonomous commercial trucks as part of its Waymo Via service.