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Uber hails ex-British Airways executive Brem as next UK chief | Business News

A former British Airways and Aviva executive will on Wednesday be named as the next UK boss of Uber Technologies’ ride-hailing operations within the UK.

Sky News has learnt that Andrew Brem is to hitch the New York-listed tech large simply weeks after it secured a two-and-a-half year licence to function in London, one among its most vital world markets.

Mr Brem, who has additionally labored for Asda and British Gas in digital transformation roles, was most not too long ago chief business officer at BA, the place he held a senior function as the COVID-19 disaster engulfed the aviation business.

He replaces Ash Kebriti, who has moved to a different function at Uber, as the company’s UK common supervisor, and can report back to Jamie Heywood, regional GM for northern Europe.

In a press release, Mr Brem stated Uber was “one of the most exciting technology companies in the world as it continues to change the way we move around our cities”.

“The UK has led the way globally in driving forward Uber’s electrification efforts, as well as providing all UK drivers with worker protections such as holiday pay and a pension in what was an industry first.”

He joins Uber within the wake of Transport for London’s (TfL) choice to award Uber a 30-month licence following a string of authorized battles led to the app’s near-expulsion from the capital.

The company employs 70,000 drivers within the UK, serving 5m clients.

It not too long ago unveiled plans to increase its UK passenger transport platform to incorporate intercity rail and coach companies, and entry to automotive leases throughout the nation.

Uber has stated it intends so as to add flights and resort bookings to the app.

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