Uber hires Amazon U.K. director as its new north Europe head
Sheetal Sukhija - Tuesday 15th May, 2018
Uber snapped up an Amazon U.K. director as its new northern Europe chief
The new chief has been appointed just weeks ahead of an appeal hearing over its cancelled London licence
Jamie Heywood was hired as the new regional general manager for its Northern and Eastern Europe operations
LONDON, U.K. - Weeks before a crucial appeal hearing over its cancelled London licence, Uber has announced the recruitment of Amazon U.K. director as its new northern Europe chief.
Uber announced the appointment of Jamie Heywood as the new regional general manager for its Northern and Eastern Europe operations.
Uber’s business that Heywood will be incharge of are spread across a dozen countries including the U.K.
Heywood, who most recently served as the director of Amazon’s electronics division in the U.K. and covered both the retail and marketplace businesses, will reportedly join the company next month.
He also spent three years as chief executive of Virgin Mobile in China and has previously spent time as managing director of Virgin Mobile in the U.K. between 2011 and 2014.
He helped launch the company’s business in India as well as Orange’s Thailand division.
In his new role, Heywood will take control of 70 cities and 12 countries across Northern and Eastern Europe, where Uber works with 110,000 drivers and around 8m riders.
Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, vice president and regional general manager of Uber in Europe, the Middle East & Africa, said about Heywood’s appointment, “His wide range of international experience in both regulated industries and scaling fast-growing businesses will be invaluable for the next phase of Uber’s development. Jamie’s leadership will also be crucial as we implement major changes across Europe including more safety features, improvements for drivers and a new approach to partnering with cities.”
Heywood’s appointment comes close to a year after Jo Bertram resigned from her post in August last year.
It was reported in a filing at Companies House and comes three weeks before the surprise decision by Transport for London (TfL) not to renew Uber’s private hire licence in London.
However, the company has denied that the move was driven by Uber’s licensing issues.
In October, Bertram said, “Given some of our current challenges, I’m also convinced that now is the right time to have a change of face, and to hand over to someone who will be here for the long haul and take us into the next phase.”
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