Tekedra N. Mawakana

by Edward Cates
Tekedra N. Mawakana
Chief External Officer

Tekedra N. Mawakana is the Chief External Officer (CXO) at Waymo – an Alphabet company, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car project.


In this role, Tekedra heads Waymo’s external engagement organization, leading the teams responsible for public policy and government relations, public affairs, marketing, communications, social initiatives and corporate social responsibility. She sets the strategic vision for ensuring this emerging, transformational technology can be tested, commercialized and widely adopted by consumers.


Tekedra is an expert in navigating complex, highprofile reputational issues. She has more than two decades of experience advising some of the bestknown consumer technology companies on how to advance their business interests around the world. She has led global teams at eBay, Yahoo, AOL and Startec Global Communications.


Tekedra currently serves on the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association, and as a member of the Executive Committee on the Board of Saving Promise. In 2016, she was recognized as a Visionary Leader by ALM and InsideCounsel. In 2015, she was recognized by the Washingtonian magazine as a Tech Titan – top 100 tech influencer.


Tekedra received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. with honors from Trinity College.

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