Uber Technologies Inc.’s manager for Northern Europe said Monday she was quitting, shaking up the ride-hailing firm’s leadership after London’s top transport regulator decided to strip the company of its license to operate there.
Jo Bertram, whose regional responsibilities included the U.K., told staff in an all-hands meeting she would be leaving to pursue a new opportunity outside the company.
“Given some of our current challenges, I’m also convinced that now is the right time to have a change of face,” Ms Bertram wrote Monday in a staff email that was provided by an Uber spokesman.
The U.K. is one of Uber’s biggest markets outside the U.S. Ms. Bertram, in addition to her regional title, was directly responsible for British operations.
A week-and-a-half ago, Transport for London said it wouldn’t renew Uber’s license to operate a private-hire car service in the city, citing concerns about how Uber reported serious crimes and conducted driver background checks.
Uber has said it complies with all laws about reporting crime and conducts the same background checks as London’s licensed black cabs.