Alumni Spotlight: Matt Benton '05

For Uber executive Matt Benton ’05, CPA has equipped him with foundational skills of exploration, collaboration, and Christian worldview in a rapidly evolving tech industry.
Matt is an executive at Uber’s international headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As an integral member of their Rider & Driver technology team, Matt implements strategy, shaping major markets across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Matt and his wife Macey have fully embraced this international assignment, traveling often and delving into foreign culture and landscape.

“There was always a lot of freedom at CPA to be yourself, to question the status quo, and look at things from a different perspective. Those traits are crucial in solving the complex problems I encounter in the tech industry,” explains Matt.

Matt studied economics at the University of Mississippi and began his professional careerworking for the Nashville private equity firm, Meadowbrook. After his interest in the tech industry grew, he accepted his position with Uber in Nashville.

“It has been an incredible privilege to help build such a transformational company, but I’ve learned that the influence we have rightly carries much responsibility and a very bright spotlight. As we redefine the future of work, transportation, and opportunity around the world, we need to ensure we are doing so responsibly and ethically,” states Matt.

“Working in developing markets like Egypt, Pakistan, and Nigeria has given me a front row seat to the difficulties people face in their day-to-day lives. In developing countries, poverty can be an inescapable hole for many people. Seeing how the opportunity to drive with Uber has empowered so many people has been the most rewarding experience of my career so far,” says Matt.

Matt sites two teachers who helped shape him at CPA: “Dr. Brooks, who was a physics teacher and taught us that intellectual curiosity was something to be nurtured; and Andy Patton, a Latin instructor who led the hardest and most rewarding class I took during my time at CPA. Both of them fostered an interest in lifelong learning, and both encouraged the idea that success isn’t always directly linked to classroom performance. He encourages young people at the Academy to find a passion outside the classroom, something that fulfills and fuels you. Matt believes that all work has purpose, and he references one of Scott Sauls’ sermons to reinforce this: The work that we do in that world, whether creative or restorative or both, represents a significant contribution to the cosmic mission of God.​ Any kind of work that leaves people, places, or things in better shape than before—any kind of work that helps the city of man become more like the City of God where truth, beauty, goodness, order, and justice reign—is work that should be celebrated as good.

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