Uber’s New COO and Partner
As some of you may have heard, Uber just announced that Kees Koolen has come on board as Uber’s COO. By way of introduction, Kees hails from Booking.com where as CEO (and member of the Global Management Board of Priceline.com) he built and grew the business from a small team with just a few people into the multibillion world leader of hotel reservations with more than 3,500 people working from more than 70 offices around the world. Now, while we normally don’t do much blogging about hiring, we bring on great people every day – and we’re looking for MORE!. But working with Kees, who hails from the Netherlands, is unique in that we’re not just bringing on a world renowned technology executive, but more importantly I’m bringing on a partner in the business. Ryan Graves and I know that deep experience scaling a global organization is our next big challenge, and Kees makes the promise of Uber truly everywhere, a real possibility.
So, we’ve got a whole world to light up with Uber, and I’m super-pumped about our new partner in crime.
We are excited to surpass the 100th city mark by welcoming two Brazilian cities, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, to the UberEATS family. From Atlanta to Warsaw, people have truly embraced this easy and reliable way to discover the food they love at the push of a button. Whether that’s an Indian inspired samosa, a good old-fashioned American burger or Vietnamese pho, people in 27 countries are using UberEATS to get a taste of the world’s flavors at the push of a button.
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–