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Uber names new UK boss as it battles to keep London licence

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(Reuters) - appointed a new boss for its UK business on Monday, as the taxi-hailing app fights to keep its drivers on the streets of London, its most important European market.

said would join as Uber's new for northern and from next month, a remit which covers 110,000 drivers in 12 countries including Britain.

"Jamie's leadership will... be crucial as we implement major changes across including more safety features, improvements for drivers and a new approach to partnering with cities," Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, of in Europe, the & Africa, said in a statement.

Uber is battling a decision by London's regulator last September to strip it of its licence after it was deemed unfit to run a taxi service. Uber is appealing the ruling, and its cabs can continue to operate in the meantime.

Since the ruling, Uber has made a series of changes to its business model including the introduction of 24/7 for riders and drivers and the proactive reporting of serious incidents to

The previous UK head, Jo Bertram, quit last year after the decision to strip Uber of its licence, saying that it was the right time for a change.

Heywood was most recently of Amazon's in Britain and has also worked for 15 years in the telecoms industry.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by William Schomberg)

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 16:15 IST
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