Uber COO, marketing chief step down in leadership overhaul: memo

Uber chief operating and marketing officers are departing the companyMore

In an email that went out to employees on Friday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that because of progress made over the last two years, he now has more time to oversee day-to-day operations. Barney Harford, the chief operating officer, and Rebecca Messina, the chief marketing officer, are both leaving the company, Uber said, and the position of COO is being eliminated. "Uber is in a far better spot both internally and externally, I now have the ability to be even more involved in the day-to-day operations of our businesses", he wrote. What impact will this have on you pressing a button and getting something delivered or hopping into a stranger's vehicle for a ride?

Khosrowshahi will now oversee the company's core business, after spending much of the past two years traveling the world, meeting with government leaders and pitching prospective investors ahead of what became the biggest initial public offering on a USA exchange in five years.

In a letter to Uber staff on Friday, Harford thanked employees and outlined a few of the company's signature accomplishments.

In 2018, Harford came under fire for his comments about an advertisement that features a mixed-race couple.

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 previous year.

He was brought in by Khosrowshahi in December 2017 to be his right hand man. Khosrowshahi was previously the head of Expedia where Harford worked before becoming CEO of Orbitz, where they then became rivals. This could perhaps perchance allow me to be more palms on and wait on our leaders peril-solve in staunch time, while furthermore guaranteeing that we establish our platform vision a fact. The stock traded below its initial price of $45 (roughly Rs. 3,100) until this week.

Uber spokesman Noah Edwardsen said that Harford's departure was unrelated to the investigation, which has since concluded.

Messina, a former executive with Coca-Cola and liquor maker Beam Suntory, served a short stint at Uber. 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. Khosrowshahi said she's leaving as a result of a decision to combine its marketing, communications and policy teams into one, which will be led by Jill Hazelbaker, who has been at the company since 2015. Khosrowshahi wrote that on the marketing side, the company needed to provide a "consistent, unified narrative to consumers, partners, the press and policymakers". The investigation was closed past year and found no evidence of discrimination, the company said.

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