Uber announces it is looking for a new UK boss, saying recruitment started before London ban

Uber has announced it is searching for a new UK chairman, saying the recruitment process began before the shock TfL ruling announced last week.

The cab hire app company announced this morning that it is hunting for a new boss and said it had hired a headhunter to help with the process.

According to Reuters, the company said the search began six weeks before TfL announced it would not be renewing the company’s London licence when it expires at the end of this month.

But the non-executive position would bolster the taxi app as it prepares to fight to retain its licence and battles to preserve its business model at an employment tribunal over workers’ rights.

The app was sensationally stripped of its right to operate in London on Friday after TfL expressed concerns over the company’s “lack of coporate reponsibility” over customer safety and security.

Following the ruling, Uber announced it was appealing the decision and its chief executive made a public apology.

Dara Khosrowshahi accepted that the company had “got things wrong”.

In a letter to the Evening Standard, he wrote that Uber will challenge the licence decision “with the knowledge that we must also change”.

He went on: “We won’t be perfect, but we will listen to you; we will look to be long-term partners with the cities we serve; and we will run our business with humility, integrity and passion.”

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