Dara Khosrowshahi will be making his first visit to Asia next month as the chief executive of Uber. His pit stops includes Japan and India, in the week of February 19. The visit is focused on improving the image of the controversial ride-sharing firm in these markets.
According to Reuters, Khosrowshahi will be meeting with high-ranking government officials, regulators, business partners and employees during this visit. “Asia is an important region for Uber, and a focus for our investment in 2018 and beyond,” the spokesman said, adding that Khosrowshahi plans to discuss “ways Uber can better serve riders, drivers and cities,” the news agency reports an Uber spokesperson as saying.
BGR India has reached out to Uber to understand what more we could expect from the Uber chief’s visit. We will update this space as soon as we receive a response.
Ever since Travis Kalanick stepped down from the post of CEO and Khosrowshahi took over, Uber has been making extra efforts to reform the company’s image. Earlier this month, Uber completed the sale of its stock, following which SoftBank has become its largest shareholder. Uber sold a total of $9.3 billion in stock, of which $8 billion has been sold at a discounted price to a group of investors led by SoftBank. In addition to that, SoftBank has also invested $1.25 billion directly into Uber at a valuation of $70 billion. The blended valuation is about $54 billion.
For a while now, Uber has been dealing with accusations of paying hackers who compromised data of 57 million users, with the ongoing legal battle with self-driving car company Waymo, the fallout from a devastating sexual harassment scandal, and multiple ongoing investigations into past improper business tactics.