Travis VanderZanden has officially resigned from his position as chairperson of Bird’s board. The announcement was made in a late-Friday news release, stating that VanderZanden’s departure is effective immediately. John Bitove, who played a role in saving Bird with its merger with Bird Canada, will be replacing VanderZanden.
VanderZanden had been the president and founding CEO of the micromobility company since its inception. However, last year, due to Bird’s declining stock price, VanderZanden stepped down as president and handed over the role to Shane Torchiana, the then-chief operating officer. Torchiana later became the CEO. VanderZanden described the reorganization as a planned transition.
Bird has stated that VanderZanden left the board to pursue other ventures, while VanderZanden himself mentioned his intention to return to his entrepreneurial roots and incubate new ideas. TechCrunch has reached out for more information on VanderZanden’s departure and will provide updates as necessary.