Waymo, the autonomous car unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said John Kraffick is stepping on the helm as chief executive after five-and-a-half years.
The chief executive duties will be divided into two current company executives – Tekkera Mwana and Dimitri Dolgo – Waimeo said in a statement. Ms. Mwakana was chief operating officer of Wymo, and Mr. Dolgo was the company’s chief technology officer prior to promotion.
In one Blog post announcing the move, Mr. Krafikic, 59, gave no reason as to why he is saying this other than at the moment that he is adopting “new adventures”. Waymo said that it was Mr. Kraftic’s decision and plans to remain a consultant for his company.
Mr. Kraftraff, a longtime auto industry executive overseeing Hyundai Motor’s US operations, joined Wymo in 2015 when it was still part of Google. During his tenure, Google transformed Vempo into a separate subsidiary of Alphabet, and the company raised more than $ 3 billion from outside investors, indicating greater independence from its parent company.
Google and Waymo have followed self-driving car technology for over a decade. Waymo has launched its own autonomous taxi service called Waymo One in the greater Phoenix area, and the company has partnered with some car manufacturers including Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover to build self-driving technology in their vehicles .
Ms. Mwakana joined Wymo as global head of policy four years ago and has been the company’s head of operations for the past two years. Prior to this, she held policy positions at eBay, Yahoo and AOL.
Mr. Dolgo is one of the original employees who started Google’s self-driving car project in 2009 and is considered one of the leading technical experts in autonomous vehicle technology.