John Krafcik

Chief Executive Officer

John Krafcik is the CEO of Waymo, an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going.

Under John's leadership, Google's self-driving car project became Waymo, an independent Alphabet inc. company. Since then Waymo has driven billions of miles in simulation and on real world roads, struck up partnerships with Stellantis, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo Car Group, Daimler Trucks, Lyft, Avis, AutoNation and more, and launched the world's first fully autonomous ride-hailing service with no human driver at the wheel, Waymo One.

With experience in both auto and tech, John holds broad operating experience in engineering, product development, technology, and manufacturing, with stints at NUMMI, Ford, Hyundai and TrueCar. Previously, Mr. Krafcik spent 10 years in leadership positions at Hyundai Motor America, including 5 years as president and CEO, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s U.S. operations.

John earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.S. in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote two "lean production" manifestos -- "Triumph of the Lean Production System" and the "Running the Factory" chapter of "The Machine That Changed the World."