Uber chief tightens grip with top executives' departures

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi told employees in an email

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi told employees in an email"I felt this was a good moment to simplify our org

Uber's chief marketing and operations executives are out, the company confirmed on Friday.

Mr Khosrowshahi said the role "no longer makes sense", and Uber's Rides and Eats teams would now directly report to him in order to help "problem-solve in real time". Uber has been working to reform its image after female employees accused the company of failing to address allegations of sexual harassment and of fostering a "tech bro" atmosphere. Under his leadership, we've increased our focus on engagement with the launch of our rider and driver loyalty programs; improved the customer experience by eliminating tens of millions of defects through ContactLess100; and strengthened the critical partnership between our product/tech and business teams.

The San-Francisco based company's stock has struggled since its initial public offering last month.

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Harford drew controversy during his relatively short tenure at the company. The stock traded below its initial price of $45 (roughly Rs. 3,100) until this week. That included commenting on people's hairstyles or style of dress, the people said.

In a letter to Uber staff on Friday, Harford thanked employees and outlined a few of the company's signature accomplishments. Harford, Joyce and Macdonald did not respond to requests for comment. Khosrowshahi in the meeting called Harford "a friend", saying he would recuse himself from the investigation as a result. In a memo to coworkers shared with CNNMoney last July, Harford described allegations as "painful" and said he was "embarrassed". Uber spokesman Noah Edwardsen told The Washington Post that Harford's departure was not related to the probe. Harford, the former CEO of Orbitz, was named COO in December 2017.

"It's increasingly clear that it's crucial for us to have a consistent, unified narrative to consumers, partners, the press and policymakers", Khosrowshahi said. Jill Hazelbaker, who runs policy and communications, will add the marketing department to her portfolio. Since joining Uber almost four years ago, Jill has been instrumental in addressing some of our toughest challenges as a company. In Rebecca's time here, she stood up our first global advertising and marketing group and helped showcase the correct parts of our label all over our IPO. Harford had been with the company for almost two years.

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