October 21, 2019, 19:12


Uber Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer Resign – Reports

Uber Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer Resign – Reports

Uber’s Chief Operating Officer Barney Harford and Chief Marketing Officer Rebecca Messina are stepping down, company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Friday, CNBC reported.

Khosrowshahi said that Uber’s progress now gives him the time to be more directly involved in the company’s day-to-day operations, according to CNBC, Khosrowshahi also wrote in the email that he decided the heads of Uber’s core businesses should report directly to him.

“This will allow me to be more hands-on and help our leaders problem-solve in real time, while also ensuring that we make our platform vision a reality”, he said, cited by CNBC.

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Due to the organizational changes, Khosrowshahi said Harford agreed that the chief operating officer role “no longer makes sense” and decided to leave the company, CNBC reported.

Khosrowshahi said he decided to combine Uber’s marketing, communications and policy teams in order to maintain a “unified narrative for consumers, partners, the press, and policymakers”, according to CNBC.

Uber taxi service allows users to order private cars. The company was created in 2009 with its headquarters in San Francisco. Uber provides services in 65 countries. The company receives a commission of 20 per cent from every order. 

Uber Technologies became the victim of a cyber attack that compromised the personal data of some 57 million customers worldwide in 2016. Hackers stole the names and driver’s license numbers of nearly 600,000 Uber employees in the United States.

The company did not disclose the breach at the time of the incident as required by US law.

Khosrowshahi expressed concerns that his predecessor Travis Kalanick chose not to report the attack to law enforcement. Instead, Kalanick paid the hackers $100,000 to cover up the incident, according to US-based media reports.

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The current CEO launched an immediate investigation into the breach, saying Uber located the individuals behind the attack and took necessary steps to secure data and see that stolen information was destroyed.

Uber’s privacy policy raised concerns after the company disclosed information on hundreds of its users and riders to US law enforcement authorities in 2015.

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