Exec thought the incident was orchestrated by Ola; Founder Travis Kalanick knew of his actions
Today’s Paper : US ride-hailing company Uber fired a senior executive who obtained medical records of a passenger who was raped by her Uber driver in India, on the pretext of investigating whether it was a ploy by competitor Ola to sabotage its India operations.
According to two reports by ReCode and The New York Times, Eric Alexander, who served as the President of Business for the Asia Pacific region, was terminated on Tuesday after reporters began contacting the company about the incident.
Alexander’s handling of the situation in India in December 2014 is the latest in a line of incidents that prove widespread dysfunction in the top management at San Francisco-based Uber.
News of the 26-year-old woman being raped by her Uber driver in Delhi had led to massive repercussions for the company, which was later banned by the Delhi government. The issue had brought up serious questions about the safety of ride-hailing services, with people pointing fingers at Uber for being so lax about driver background checks.
While being publicly apologetic, some executives, including Alexander, believed that the incident was a ploy by Uber’s local rival Ola to sabotage its business in India. Sources at Uber told ReCode and NYT that Alexander was already in India at the time of the incident and obtained the medical records of the victim and ran his own parallel investigation.
Despite the case being a criminal investigation, Alexander kept the documents for over a year before other executives allegedly got to know of it and destroyed it. In that time, Alexander showed the report to CEO Travis Kalanick and SVP Emil Michael, apart from numerous other executives, who tried to poke holes in the woman’s claims of being raped by her Uber driver. | READMORE…