Uber hires Jain to head India operation

File photo: Britta Pedersen.

File photo: Britta Pedersen.

Published Jun 1, 2015


Tokyo - Uber Technologies hired Amit Jain, the former president of Rent.com, to head operations in India as the ride-hailing application expands in its largest market outside the United States.

Jain will run all business strategy, operations and expansion in the nation, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement on its website on Sunday.

Uber counts India as its fastest-growing market and offers service in 11 cities locally.

The company’s safety record was called into question in December and its services were banned in Delhi after a local rider said she was raped by an Uber driver.

The company said in January it had applied to be regulated under a local taxi system and will hire drivers who have passed background checks.

Uber said last month it would begin experimenting with allowing riders in the Indian city of Hyderabad to pay in cash, the first city where it’s been tried by the company.

Jain previously also held positions at TPG Capital, Nexeo Solutions and McKinsey & Company, according to Uber’s statement.

* With assistance from Siddharth Philip in Mumbai


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