Two high executives trail away Uber posts

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is shaking up the company's management.                  James Martin  CNET

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced their departures in an email to Uber staff Friday afternoon, a copy of which was provided to Business Insider by the company.

Uber's chief operating officer and chief marketing officer have stepped down following a leadership reshuffle at the ride-hailing app.

In an email Friday to employees, Mr Khosrowshahi wrote that he would be getting "more involved in day-to-day operations" and that two of Uber's biggest businesses, Rides and Eats, would begin reporting directly to him. What impact will this have on you pressing a button and getting something delivered or hopping into a stranger's auto for a ride?

The San-Francisco based company's stock has struggled since its initial public offering last month.

Uber launched an investigation into Harford's behaviour last summer with the help of outside counsel, Khosrowshahi told employees at a company-wide meeting at the time.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Uber had largely shielded Harford from the public spotlight after he was the subject of an internal review over what some employees described as racially insensitive remarks by the operating chief past year.

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Two longtime Uber executives are being promoted to fill the roles.

"Over the years, I've learned that at every critical milestone, it's important to step back and think about how best to organize for the future".

"Given that we're a month past the IPO, now is one of those times", The Verge quoted Khosrowshahi as saying.

Lead Edge Capital Managing Partner Mitchell Green on the outlook for Uber. The stock closed Friday below the IPO price of $45 a share. Harford, the former CEO of Orbitz, was named COO in December 2017.

As part of the same overhaul, Khosrowshahi also made a decision to combine Uber's marketing, communications and policy teams, which according to him would help maintain a "unified narrative to consumers, partners, the press, and policymakers". Since joining Uber practically four years ago, Jill has been instrumental in addressing a few of our hardest challenges as a firm. In Rebecca's time here, she stood up our first global advertising and marketing group and helped showcase the correct parts of our label all over our IPO.

Messina was brought on as chief marketing officer in September.

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