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Uber chief tightens grip with top execs' departures

Uber chief tightens grip with top execs' departures”

The company's chief marketing and operating executives are stepping down, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told employees in an email.

As Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi seeks to take more control of the company's operations, the ride hailing major's Chief Operating Officer Barney Harford and Chief Marketing Officer Rebecca Messina are stepping down.

Mr Khosrowshahi said the role "no longer makes sense", and Uber's Rides and Eats groups would now in the present day file to him in repeat to support "quandary-solve in accurate time".

Khosrowshahi credited the maturing of operations at the San Francisco-based company and the completion of its initial public offering last month with enabling him to make the management moves.

Harford drew controversy during his relatively short tenure at the company.

"Thank you Dara Khosrowshahi for the opportunity over the last couple of years, and thank you to the broader team Uber for being such an incredible & inspirational team to work with", Harford wrote.

In a letter to Uber staff on Friday, Harford thanked employees and outlined a few of the company's signature accomplishments. The stock closed Friday down 76 cents, or 1.7%, at $44.16. Khosrowshahi in the meeting called Harford "a friend", saying he would recuse himself from the investigation as a result.

Uber had largely shielded Harford from the public spotlight after he was the subject of an internal review over what some employees described as racially insensitive remarks by the operating chief a year ago. Harford, who had led travel site Orbitz Worldwide Inc., joined Khosrowshahi to help prep Uber for the IPO. Uber spokesman Noah Edwardsen told The Washington Post that Harford's departure was not related to the probe. Some employees more recently expressed dismay at Harford's 2018 compensation, which at $47.6 million (roughly Rs. 330 crores) outpaced even Khosrowshahi's.

Messina was hired by Uber previous year. Under her watch, the company has sought to revamp its tattered image, including through ads that emphasize Uber's strides in changing its workplace culture and safety improvements.

Finally, it's increasingly clear that it's crucial for us to have a consistent, unified narrative to consumers, partners, the press, and policymakers. She is leaving the firm less than a year after being hired as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Harford had been with the company for almost two years.



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