In the Driver’s Seat for Uber’s Ride Ahead in India
Updated March 11, 2016
Nineteen months ago, we launched Uber in India with the goal of transforming the way people moved around their city and experience transportation. By simply connecting people in a country of over a billion people with a safe, reliable and efficient transportation option via a mobile app, India quickly became our largest market outside the United States and also the fastest growing.
This growth wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing response from the driver and rider communities who embraced Uber’s innovative technology and without the hard work of our teams who have made Uber the preferred choice for millions in the world’s largest democracy. As a team we are deeply committed to celebrating the cities of India, providing Indian consumers with more choice, making Uber a safe way to move, creating empowering entrepreneurship opportunities at the grassroots for men and women and delivering impact to local economies.
As we continue our work toward those goals, we are pleased to announce that Amit Jain has joined Uber as President, Uber India. In this role, Amit will be running all business strategy, operations, and growth in a market of global strategic importance for Uber. He is a proven leader and strategist with a depth of experience in consulting and leading operations for multinational companies.
Prior to joining Uber, Amit was President of Rent.com, a leading technology company in the US dedicated to giving renters a free and convenient way to find the perfect place to live. During his tenure at Rent.com, he led all operational facets and achieved a dramatic and successful turnaround of the organization. Prior to that, he held numerous executive positions including Senior Advisor for TPG Capital, Vice President, Nexeo Solutions, and Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company. Amit holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and an MBA from Stanford University.
Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO:
“I’m thrilled to have Amit on board to lead our business in India. Amit embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and culture at Uber. His experience as an operator, building and scaling world-class teams will be invaluable as we enter the next phase of Uber India’s growth. Success in India is a global priority for us, and I know Amit’s leadership and passion for Uber’s mission will be transformational as we redefine urban mobility for hundreds of millions of Indians.”
We asked Amit to share his thoughts:
“I am very excited at the opportunity to lead Uber India. Uber is one of the fastest growing companies in the world and is radically changing the way people commute everyday. In India, Uber is helping create tens of thousands of new jobs, empowering drivers with higher earnings potential and flexible work hours, and providing millions of consumers with a safe, reliable and convenient mode of transport. I am humbled to be a part of this deeply committed and passionate team that is the driving force for change for millions of Indians.”
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