WASHINGTON — Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving unit said on Thursday that its chief safety officer, Debbie Hersman, was stepping down but would remain as a consultant to the company.
Hersman, the former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, joined the company in 2019 to oversee its product safety program.
“We can confirm that Debbie has decided to return to her family home on the east coast and will continue on as a consultant to Waymo,” the company said in a statement.
Waymo said Tracy Murrell, Waymo’s head of safety and sustainability, would be the company’s interim head of safety. The company said a search was under way for a new head of safety.
A Waymo spokeswoman praised Hersman for “leading the growth of the safety team, establishing Waymo’s safety board as we responsibly progress our technology, and championing Waymo’s culture of safety.”
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