Uber’s advanced technology group recently hired Jon Thomason to lead its team of software engineers. Prior to joining Uber, Thomason was the head of software at Oculus, a Facebook owned virtual reality company. Now, he will lead Advanced Technology Group (ATG) software teams across Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto, working on advanced software projects that include autonomous driving and trucking.
Thomason joined the Oculus team in 2016, when Oculus divided into two groups. Brendan Tribe, CEO of Oculus, decided to lead the desktop-based VR division at Oculus, while the Mobile VR division was led by Jon Thomason.
Thomason’s past experience includes working as the VP of Mobile Shopping at Amazon, and VP of Engineering at Qualcomm.
“We are very excited to welcome Jon to Uber ATG,” wrote Uber Head of ATG Eric Meyofer in a statement to TechCrunch. “His background in software engineering and his experience in launching innovative new products makes him a great fit for our team and we look forward to seeing him in action.”
Thomason’s social media post expressed excitement about his new venture:
“Effective today, I’m joining Uber to lead the software engineering team at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. Uber ATG is developing (and in some cities, deploying) self-driving cars and trucks. Autonomous vehicles are the Great Unsolved Computer Science Problem and I look forward to digging in with the team at ATG. Of course, I’m sad to leave the talented team at Oculus, where I have spent the last year. I’ll be cheering the team on from the sidelines as one of VR’s biggest fans, and look forward to getting my hands on all the cool things they have in store for us.”
Uber currently has more than 200 people working in their ATG team. With the announcement of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Blake Ross for Product Strategy, and now Thomason, Uber is certainly changing the look of its upper management.