Belfast Telegraph

Taxi company Uber goes in search of a new UK chairman

By PA Reporters

Taxi firm Uber is drawing up a shortlist of heavyweight candidates with City experience as it looks to recruit a UK chairman before the end of the year.

It’s understood that headhunters working for the Inzito Partnership — which has recruited for the likes of William Hill, G4S, Warburtons, Deloitte and the Financial Conduct Authority — are whittling down a list of potential contenders just six weeks into their search.

Uber has been operating in Belfast for the last two years.

“It’s normally a very orderly process, but it looks like this is a case of the house is burning down and there’s a desperate search for big names,” a corporate headhunting source said.

“Uber requires someone who is a bit more establishment and who understands how to keep the market happy and understands public sentiment,” the source added.

Uber launched the search for the role weeks before Transport for London (TfL) decided not to renew the cab-hailing app’s licence.

It is hoping to fill the newly created non-executive chairman role by year-end amid plans to appeal against TfL’s decision.

The issues raised by TfL include Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences, how drivers’ medical certificates are obtained, how criminal record checks are carried out, and its use of technology which allegedly helps it evade law enforcement.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has asked TfL officials to “make themselves available” to meet the boss of Uber, who apologised for its “mistakes”.

Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said he accepted that Uber had “got things wrong” and was launching its appeal “with the knowledge that we must also change”.

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