Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Uber’s head of policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa has quit the company to join electric vehicle charging network firm Chargepoint.

Christopher Burghardt is the latest senior figure to walk out of Uber after Jo Bertram, former regional manager for Northern Europe, left on 2 October.

Mr Burghardt leaves after just one year at the ride-hailing firm and will become managing director for Chargepoint in Europe.

He said the decision to leave Uber was “a tough choice”, but one he “couldn’t turn down”.

“Europe is at the point of getting to mass adoption of electric vehicles and Chargepoint is at the forefront of that”, he added. 

“I remain a great believer in what Uber does and I know our new chief executive has a vision that will take the company into a bright future.”

The ride-hailing firm faces a number of challenges internationally from regulators and lawsuits.

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi flew into London in October to meet Transport for London chiefs after the regulator refused to renew Uber’s licence in September.

The new chief executive is also dealing with accusations of a company culture rife with sexism under the leadership of his predecessor, Travis Kalanick.

Meanwhile, the company faces a dozen lawsuits and at least five criminal investigations in the US, two more than previously reported, according to Bloomberg.