April 6, 2018 / 10:03 AM / 17 days ago

Uber appoints two new non-executive board members in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber said on Friday it had appointed two new independent non-executives in Britain as it fights to keep its licence in its most important European market, London.

FILE PHOTO: An Uber taxi is driven away from New Street Railway Station in Birmingham, Britain February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples/File Photo

The taxi app is battling to keep its cars on the streets of the British capital city after London’s transport regulator deemed it unfit to run a taxi service, in a decision the Silicon Valley firm is appealing.

Since then it has made a series of changes to its business model, responding to requests from regulators, including the introduction of 24/7 telephone support and the proactive reporting of serious incidents to London’s police.

It also appointed Laurel Powers-Freeling, who has held a series of banking roles, as its first British chair last year.

On Friday it said Susan Hooper, who is currently a non-executive director at Wizz Air and the Brexit ministry, and Roger Parry, whose current roles include being non-executive chairman at YouGov, had been appointed to its British boards.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Sarah Young

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