Who is David Risher, the CEO of Lyft?

June 20, 2024

David Risher is the CEO of Lyft, bringing extensive experience from his previous executive roles at Microsoft and Amazon. Under his leadership, Lyft has made significant strides towards sustainability, becoming cash-flow positive and experiencing an 18% year-over-year growth in ridership.

Who is David Risher?

David Risher is an accomplished American businessman and philanthropist, known for his work at Microsoft, Amazon, and Worldreader. In addition to his corporate experience, Risher co-founded Worldreader, a non-profit organization focused on promoting literacy by providing e-books to children in need.

As the CEO of Lyft since April 2023, Risher has successfully implemented cost-cutting measures and strategic initiatives that have led to the company becoming cash-flow positive and experiencing significant growth in ridership.

Work History

  • Lyft:
    • Chief Executive Officer: Since April 2023
    • Board Member: 2021 to 2023
  • #HalfMyDAF: Co-Founder and Co-Leader, Since 2020
  • Equeum: Board Chair, Since 2019
  • Bookclubs: Strategic Advisor, Since 2019
  • Worldreader: Co-Founder and CEO, 2009 to 2023
  • Amazon.com: SVP, US Retail, 1997 to 2002
  • Microsoft: General Manager, 1991 to 1997

Education History

David Risher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, which he obtained between 1983 and 1987. He furthered his education by earning an MBA from Harvard Business School between 1989 and 1991. In recognition of his accomplishments, Risher was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Wilson College in 2017.

When did David Risher join Lyft?

David Risher joined Lyft as a Board Member in July 2021 and later became the Chief Executive Officer in April 2023. As of now, he has been with the company for less than a year as CEO and over two years in total, including his time as a Board Member.

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