Vishal Makhijani decided to step down as CEO of Udacity leaving the company with his superior leadership.
Vishal Makhijani, also known as Vish, has been a long time CEO of Udacity, a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky. He oversees all company operations to democratize education around the world. He has been instrumental in the development of Udacity’s Nanodegree program.
Before joining Udacity last 2013, Vish held leadership positions at Zynga and Yandex. He was also a former Senior Vice President of Yahoo’s Search and Marketplace businesses, and a general manager at Inktomi.
Sebastian Thrun handed down the company to Makhijani in 2016 making him the CEO of Udacity, while Thrun served as the chairman and the president of Udacity. Makhijani did not disappoint the founder as he takes Udacity to a whole new level of continuing growth.
Thrun was saddened by Vish’s decision. Thrun, in his blog post, praised and thanked Vish saying he(Vish) worked hundreds of tech companies to build curriculum focused on opening up new career opportunities for students. He also said that under Vish’s superior leadership, Udacity had launched more than thirty Nanodegree programs in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Self-Driving Cars, and Digital Marketing. With Vish at the helm, Udacity grew from a niche startup into a global educational force, one that stands for educational excellence and true economic gains for Udacity’s students.
According to a spokesperson of the company, there were no complaints against Makhijani that pushes him to make his decision on stepping down in his position.
Makhijani has yet to disclose his next steps after stepping down as CEO.