Uber stole Brent Callinicos from Google, where he was VP, Treasurer & Chief Accountant. He will be Uber’s new Chief Financial Officer. Former COO of Klout, Emil Michael, will be the company’s SVP of Business. Prior to Klout, Michael was SVP of Field Operations at TellMe Networks. Lastly, Ed Baker, who previously served as Head of International Growth at Facebook, is joining as Head of Growth. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of friend.ly (which was acquired by Facebook in 2011).
These are all huge talent wins for Uber, which was valued at $3.4 billion pre-money in this latest round. With the new funding, CEO Travis Kalanick had said that Uber will be moving into new markets and begin marketing efforts.
With the latest Google Ventures investment, Uber appears to be on a rocket ship to potentially becoming a public company. Clearly, as Uber continues to expand into new markets, domain experience in the areas of business development, finance and growth are going to be critical to the company’s future success. Callinicos was responsible for treasury and risk management at Google, and joined the company in 2007 after 14 years at Microsoft, where he was corporate Vice President and Divisional CFO for Microsoft’s Platforms and Services Division. He also served as Microsoft’s treasurer.
Michael comes not only with leadership experience as the COO at Klout, but helped lead field operations at TellMe, which should help Uber in the management of its rapidly growing number of hubs around the world. And Baker’s experience in helping Facebook to grow its user base beyond 1 billion should aid Uber in its expansion efforts.
My hunch is that we can expect more Silicon Valley talent to be added to Uber’s ranks.