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Uber hails ex-British Airways executive Brem as next UK chief | Economic news

A former British Airways and Aviva executive will be named head of Uber Technologies’ ride-sharing operations in the UK next Wednesday.

Sky News has learned that Andrew Brem is due to join the New York-listed tech giant just weeks after securing a two-and-a-half-year license to operate in London, one of its most important global markets.

Mr Brem, who has also worked for Asda and British Gas in digital transformation roles, was most recently chief commercial officer at BA, where he held a senior position as the COVID-19 crisis engulfed the aviation industry.

He replaces Ash Kebriti, who held another role at Uber, as the company’s UK managing director, and will report to Jamie Heywood, regional managing director for Northern Europe.

In a statement, Brem said 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 by advancing Uber’s electrification efforts, as well as providing all UK drivers with worker protections such as paid time off and a pension in which was an industry first.”

He joins Uber following Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to grant Uber a 30-month license following a series of legal battles that led to the app being virtually kicked out of the law. capital city.

The company employs 70,000 drivers in the UK and serves 5 million customers.

It recently unveiled plans to expand its UK passenger transport platform to include intercity rail and coach services and access to car hire across the country.

Uber has announced plans to add flight and hotel reservations to the app.