Online cab hailing service Uber, has appointed Jaiteerth Patwari as senior engineering leader at it’s engineering center in Hyderabad. Patwari will focus on developing scalable distributed real-time business platforms, the company said in a statement. Note according to his Linkedin profile, Patwari joined the company in April this year.
Earlier Patwari was heading the LeMall R&D division at LeEco. He has worked at Qualcomm for 14 years. Before moving to India and setting up the Qualcomm Internet Division in Hyderabad, Patwari was based out of California and has worked for companies like Netscape.
There are two engineering teams for Uber in India one in Bangalore that is working on rider experience, driver growth and marketplace efficiency, and the other in Hyderabad team builds Economics Engineering and Business platforms focusing on driver partners, riders and marketplace worldwide.
Top management exits
The appointment comes at a time when the company is seeing several top management exits as a part of the Law firm Covington & Burling LLP, internal probe of Uber regarding allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has gone on an extended leave of absence after the probe recommended so. The recommendation includes a review and reallocation of the responsibilities of Kalanick. Emil Michael has quit the company. More than 20 people have been fired as part of the probe. Earlier this month Eric Alexander, Uber’s president of business in the Asia Pacific was fired for obtaining holding and sharing the medical reports of Delhi women raped by an Uber driver in 2015. In report by Economic Times, the publication quoting an unnamed senior executive of Uber said that with the exits India would not be the focus area for the company in the coming months. The report further stated that Uber’s aggressive growth in India will be scaled back until the company sorts currently ongoing issue.
While, Uber is busy tackling issues, rivals Lyft and Careem and Ola have recently raised funding.
-Earlier this week, Lyft raised raised $25 million from Jaguar Land Rover. The company had said it will use the funds to expand business and develop technologies for self-driving cars. As part of the investment, a fleet of its vehicles including Jaguar and LandRover will be supplied to Lyft.
-Another rival Careem earlier today, has raised $150 million — closing out a $500 million Series E round. The company had announced the $500 million round in December last year. The company is now valued at $1 billion. The funds were raised by Daimler and Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, CM Ventures and hedge fund Coatue Management according to reports.
-Meanwhile, India rival Ola has raised $50 million from hedge fund Tekne Capital Management, as indicated by unconfirmed reports.