(CNN) – The CEO of popular ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. has left the company, the company announced on Tuesday.

The transition comes six months after Lyft’s highly-publicized launch in New York.

Jason Droege, who had led Lyft since July 2016, has been named the new chief operating officer, Lyft said in a statement.

John Zimmer, the founder and chairman of Lyft, said in a statement that Droege’s exit “allows us to focus on another key priority for us in 2019: ensuring a smooth, orderly transition of responsibilities from one Lyft founder to another.”

Zimmer is also the president of Lyft, a position that Droege was scheduled to oversee in his new role. The company hasn’t named a replacement for Droege, or to assume leadership of Lyft’s operations.

Despite Lyft’s success, Droege was not as visible as his predecessors, who had garnered cult-like loyalty among riders, drivers and investors, as the company went from a start-up to a publicly-traded company. Droege had been heading up Lyft’s corporate strategy as well as its brand.

Droege could not be reached for comment.

After Droege’s departure was announced, it came with a note to Lyft riders and drivers from Zimmer, citing an important milestone, and a nod to Lyft’s startup history.

“We’ve come a long way since our first two co-founders set out on a path to create an affordable, efficient, reliable transportation option,” Zimmer wrote. “This is part of our shared legacy and the legacy of our company.”

Lyft is the second ride-hailing company to have a high-profile CEO exit in recent weeks. Sam Zell, the legendary founder of Equity Group Investments, sold his 23.5% stake in Uber to SoftBank Group in October.

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