Uber’s chief technology officer, Thuan Pham is stepping down effective May 16th, according to a filing with the Securities exchange commission. Pham joined Uber in 2013.
According to The Information, news of Phams departure comes as company executives are discussing plans to cut nearly 20% of the company’s employees totaling nearly 5,400 workers. An Uber spokesman declined to comment on the possible job cuts. “As you would expect, the company is looking at every possible scenario to ensure we get to the other side of this crisis in a stronger position than ever,” he said.
It is unknown which departments will be subject to the company reduction as the layoffs have not been finalized. This is not the first mass layoff with Uber, having laid off 1,000 employees late last year.
Early last week, Uber launched two new product offerings, Uber Direct and Uber Connect in an effort to help consumers “around the world who are looking for new ways to get necessities delivered to their door quickly, and businesses that are exploring how to better serve their customers from afar,” according to a blog post dated April 20th.
Uber Direct allows shoppers to place orders from retailers in select markets and have their items delivered right to their door. With Uber Connect, the company tries it’s hand at package delivery, allowing users in select cities can log into the app and send packages to family and friends, dubbing to project as a “cost effective same-day, no-contact delivery solution.”
Uber also released carrier bidding functionality in their Uber Freight app earlier this month, allowing trucking companies to bid on loads if the book-it-now price does not appeal to them. It seems as if Uber is pulling out all the stops in an effort to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic in which trip volume had decreased 80 percent, according to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a March call to investors.