CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot steps down.
CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot announced she is stepping down from her role at freelance labor marketplace, TaskRabbit, marking a setback to the technology industry’s halting efforts to improve its diversity, as she highlights as one of the few Black women leading a Silicon Valley company — others include former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and Zoox CEO Aicha Evans.
Brown-Philpot said she would stay on until the end of August, allowing the company to identify her successor. She stated that she had not decided on her next full-time role. She also told the New York Times in an interview that she had already made plans to leave TaskRabbit before protests erupted roughly one month ago in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
“It’s really hard to decide what you’re going to do next when you’re so focused on what you’re doing right now,” she said in an interview on Monday. “We’ve been planning this for months, and even right now, we’re dealing with a recession, a pandemic and a social justice movement all at the same time.”