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Uber: The Head of Northern Europe Leaves the Group with London in Crisis

Jo Bertram announced Monday his departure Uber, ten days after the shock decision by the London authorities not to renew the license of the company …

“I decided to move on. I leave Uber.”  With these few months emailed Jo Bertram responsible for Uber in Northern Europe announced on Monday her decision to leave the group of VTC. The announcement comes on the eve of the visit to London of the CEO of the US company, Dara Khosrowshahi , which must meet with leaders of transport authorities.

“I wish to announce this change in other circumstances”

Jo Bertram entered at Uber there four years as head of operations of the company to London. She had since been promoted to head of Northern Europe station area including heads the UK within the internal organization of Uber.

“Given our current challenges, I am convinced that this is the right time for a change and to pass my responsibilities to someone else,” said the official, who will still be a few weeks for the transition.

“I wish to announce this change in other circumstances, but I am proud of the team we have built and confident in its ability to open a new chapter in its activity,” she wrote again.

Uber in turmoil in London

Used by many Londoners, the company has been in turmoil since the authority of Transport of London (TfL) decided noisily not to renew its license.

TfL criticized Uber its laxity in exposing crimes and faults in the checks of criminal records of its drivers. The authority also deplores the use of software enabling drivers to avoid being seen in areas where they do not have the right to operate and provide unreliable medical certificates.

The company announced its intention to appeal, which will allow, among others continue to operate in the British capital at least until the end of legal proceedings.

Uber lambasted the decision to TfL at first, but its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has since sought to soothe strained relationship with the municipality by apologizing for “mistakes” of his company and stressing his desire to ” working with London to put things in place. ”

She was welcomed by Sadiq Khan, the mayor of the British capital and Chairman of TfL, which has asked its staff to “make available” to arrange a meeting to be held on Tuesday.


The decision of the Transport for London has had a considerable impact in London, where Uber claims to have nearly 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers. An online petition gathered more than 840,000 signatures asking maintaining Uber services in the British capital.

Troubled background




Operating in more than 70 countries, the company has had trouble with many authorities in the world, including France, where she was sentenced to several penalties. She was briefly banned from the streets of New Delhi after a rape committed by a driver and was recently banned in Hungary and Denmark under the new laws.

The company, which has lost more than $ 600 million in the second quarter, in addition faces several criminal investigations on suspicion of bribery of foreign officials.

It is in this context that the sulfur company has just acquired a new CEO, former boss Expedia Dara Khosrowshahi, after the departure of his former boss and founder, Travis Kalanick , accused of having had a sexist, brutal corporate culture.

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