Uber has hired Amit Jain as its India president, the company reported in a blog post. In his new position, Jain will be responsible for Uber’s business strategy, operations and growth in the Indian market.
Prior to Uber, Jain was the President of Rent.com for over two years. Rent.com is a US based company that lets users find places for rent. He was also a member of the board of Directors at ReSurge International in the same time period and was previously a senior advisor, field operations at TPG Capital for three years. He also worked as the VP of transformation at Nexeo Solutions for around a year, before which he was as associate partner at McKinsey & Company for six years. Prior to this, he was a consultant at Deloitte Consulting for around 3 years.
Uber launched in India back in August 2013, enabling cab bookings through its iPhone and Android apps in the country. The company had initially listed three job openings, one for a community manager, a general manager and an operations & logistics manager, and according to this Mint report, the company was run, till now, by independent city teams, each with a separate head. These heads reported directly to Hong Kong-based head of Asia operations Allen Penn, although now it looks like Jain will be in charge.
Uber in India:
– Uber tied up with the FoodPanda and hotel room chain Zo Rooms to give travellers a seamless travel, food and accommodation experience, through its mobile app earlier this month. The platform had also tied up with online restaurant aggregator Zomato letting users see the estimated pickup time, fare and travel time to the restaurant they are looking up, from their current location on the Zomato app.
– The same month, the company upgraded its in-app SOS button to have closer coordination with local police control rooms in case of an emergency. Uber had earlier in February debuted its SOS button and also had a feature called SafetyNet which allows users to easily share their trip details and real-time location with up to 5 friends and family members.
– Last year, Uber released its API for third-party app developers. The developer site already lists 11 partners that have integrated Uber’s on-demand transport service in their applications, including OpenTable,Starbucks, TripAdvisor, Time Out, and Expensify.