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CTO of GM's self-driving car unit is leaving the company

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A.G. Gangadhar, a former Uber manager who joined General Motor's Cruise unit last year as its chief technology officer, is leaving the company.

"After serious consideration, Cruise and AG have elected to part ways. We wish him the best in all future endeavors."
— Cruise spokesperson

Why it matters: Gangadhar's hiring was controversial. At Uber, he was one of the managers referenced (though not by name) by Susan Fowler as not handling her complaints of sexual harassment appropriately and blocking her transfer request. When the news of his hiring came out, Fowler publicly criticized the move, and since then, women who worked in the same Uber division under Gangadhar have complained of tone-deaf messages from Cruise recruiters. Cruise declined to comment on the reasons for his departure.