Since March 1, 2023, Prabir Adarkar has served as President and Chief Operating Officer for DoorDash. Launched as a restaurant delivery platform, DoorDash added grocery delivery in August 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Today, the company boasts over25 million monthly active users across more than 75,000 grocery, convenience, and retail stores on its platform.
Much of this recent success can be tied to Adarkar's leadership. He first joined DoorDash in 2018, serving as the company's Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he helped the company reach market dominance in the U.S., improve unit economics, and increase its global footprint by launching multiple businesses around the world, thereby contributing to the growth of its sales over seven times.
Nor is this the first time that Adarkar, 45, has leveraged his expertise in financial, operational, and leadership matters to an organization. Over his long career, he's worked for some of the most familiar brands in the world. Prior to DoorDash, he was part of Uber's executive team, serving as Vice President of Finance from September 2015 to August 2018. In this role, he oversaw the ridesharing company's global strategic planning process. This includes setting pricing and incentive strategies in partnership with executive leaders and regional operational teams. While at Uber, Adarkar was notably one of the primary figures to help lead the company through its IPO in 2019.
Before his time at Uber, he spent over seven years at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, serving as Vice President of Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking. His duties included advising clients across a broad range of technology sectors and M&A transactions – as well as shareholder activism and capital structure alternatives. Earlier in his career, Adarkar worked in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company.
Adarkar, who received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2000, is known for his engineer’s keen eye when it comes to detail and pragmatic problem-solving. For graduate school, he moved to New York to get his master’s in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Then in 2008, he received an MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business.