Uber picks Roylett for UK, Ireland boss

Monday, 19. August 2019 10:22

Melinda Roylett left Square Inc. and joined Uber Technologies Inc. on Monday as the general manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland. The system has more than 60,000 drivers and five million users. The company said the unit's board in the United Kingdom, with Laurel Powers-Freeling as chair, would otherwise be unchanged.

After scrambling to overturn the decision by Transport for London two years ago not to renew its license upon expiration, a judge granted a temporary one. The 15-month period ends on September 25. The ride-hailing system operator was pressed by the regulatory body over its lax background checks and failure in reporting crime. Uber applied for a five-year license but an earlier unconfirmed news report indicated that authorities are ready to grant something below two years.

Roylett is replacing Tom Elvidge, who left to work for WeWork. She has been the chief for Europe in Square, where she came from PayPal. Last week the technology giant welcomed Thomas Ranese as vice president of global marketing.

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