Krikorian joined Uber after more than five years at Twitter to head up the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters.
Uber is losing yet another top engineer from its self-driving arm in the aftermath of its acquisition of self-driving trucking startup Otto.
Raffi Krikorian, the senior director of engineering at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, is stepping down from his role at the company, sources told Recode. Krikorian, who was previously the vice president of engineering at Twitter, joined Uber’s Advanced Technology Group in March 2015 to lead the more than 50 roboticists and engineers that the ride-hail company recruited from Carnegie Mellon University.
In an email to employees on Monday, Krikorian said he wanted to take time to focus on his family as they move to California. But, Krikorian wrote, he may return, though not in his original role.
“When I’m ready to jump back in, I’ll figure out where I may be able to best help the ATG at that time,” he wrote.
In the meantime, the company is looking for a new permanent software lead to replace him.
“In the interim,” Krikorian wrote, “