Uber’s chief of policy for India and South Asia Shweta Rajpal resigns: Report

Shweta Rajpal
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Ride-hailing behemoth Uber’s chief of policy for India and South Asia Shweta Rajpal Kohli has resigned from her position. Kohli joined Uber last year and is a former journalist. According to Reuters report, she will join software major Salesforce next month.

Kohli was responsible for building Uber’s relation with stakeholders in government and regulators. Over the past one year, Uber had mired into several controversies pertaining to regulation and reputation.

Entrackr has sent an email query to Uber for confirming Kohli’s exit, however, it didn’t elicit any immediate response.

Eric Alexander, head of Uber’s Asia Pacific business was fired after reports had surfaced about his involvement in obtaining medical records of the woman who was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi in December 2014. Alexander had sought the medical records because he and some other senior executives at Uber had doubts that the woman had been raped.

Uber faced brief ban in country’s capital New Delhi after one of its drivers raped a woman passenger in 2014.

Uber along with its founder Travis Kalanick and former executives Emil Micheal and Eric Alexander were sued by the 2014 rape victim for publicly disclosing private facts.

Since early this year, the company is under scrutiny after a former Uber engineer Susan Fowler alleged that she was sexually harassed and the management ignored multiple reports during her year-long stint at the company.

Prior to joining Uber, Kohli worked as the Economic Affairs Editor at NDTV. She also served media houses like Bennett Coleman and Co Ltd, Business Standard, Hindustan Times and The Indian Express.

Kohli appointment was essentially targeted to help Uber address the trouble it has been facing with regulatory authorities and state governments. Experts see her exit as blow for Uber.

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