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Uber’s most senior UK exec is set to leave the firm

Uber’s most senior UK executive, Jo Bertram, has announced she is leaving the company as it contests TfL’s decision to strip it of its licence to operate in the capital.

Bertram, who leads Uber’s Northern Europe division, told staff she was “excited to be moving on to something new”. Uber sources told the BBC her departure was not connected to recent events and that she has another opportunity lined up.

“Given some of our current challenges, I’m also convinced that now is the right time to have a change of face, and to hand over to someone who will be here for the long haul and take us into the next phase,” she wrote in an email to staff seen by NS Tech.

Bertram will remain a member of the Uber team for the next few weeks to “ensure a smooth transition”, Uber’s EMEA chief Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty told staff, while London boss Tom Elvidge will be instated as acting UK general manager.

The announcement comes as newly appointed CEO Dara Khosrowshahi flies into London to meet TfL commissioner Mike Brown on Tuesday in a bid to overturn the decision.

The ride-hailing firm’s licence expired on 30 September, but it retains the right to operate in the capital during the appeal process. TfL said in a statement that Uber’s conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility, citing issues about public safety and security.