At last there is some good news in the Uber executive hierarchy, following a string of resignations, and at a time when the company is tying up loose ends before going public next year. Only three years after taking the helm at Uber’s India division, Amit Jain has been promoted to lead the Uber Asia Pacific region operations. He will be responsible for the company’s operations across India, Australia, New Zealand, North Asia and South Asia.
“Amit Jain, currently, President of Uber India and South Asia will be stepping up to lead our ridesharing operations as the new Regional General Manager, APAC,” said an Uber spokesperson
Jain brings over two decades of leadership and operational experience from Silicon Valley and has been instrumental in shaping Uber’s success in India.
Commenting on his promotion, Jain said: “ I am really excited to be stepping up to lead Uber’s ridesharing operations in APAC. We have amazing people doing phenomenal work, here at Uber, and I am excited to work with them to grow and expand our business in APAC. We will remain committed offer the best ride experiences to our riders, creating sustainable economic opportunities for our driver partners, and redefining the future of urban mobility in our cities across the region.”
Jain’s responsibilities with Uber India operations have been focused on a localization strategy, where he brought in a lot of innovation aimed at Indian users. He appointment as the India head in 2015 was done a few months after a woman rider was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in December 2014. Jain also had to deal with regulatory headwinds with a number of Indian states threatening to ban Uber following protests by local taxi drivers.
“Recently, there have been rumours of a possible merger between Uber’s India operations and Ola, but Jain has not allowed these distractions to come in the way of the company’s growth in this market,” said a former Uber executive.