Uber’s finance head leaves; company’s quarterly loss narrows
SAN FRANCISCO – Uber Technologies Inc said its head of finance is leaving, and the privately held ride-hailing company also said that its first-quarter loss narrowed substantially from the prior quarter, putting it on a path toward profitability.
Head of finance Gautam Gupta is leaving in July to join another startup in San Francisco, the company said, making Gupta the latest high-profile executive to leave Uber.
Uber, which has been rocked by several high-level executive departures in the past few months as it grapples with a series of controversies, has been looking for a chief operating officer to help change its now-notorious “bro” culture.
Gupta’s exit sets the stage for a second major executive search, now for a chief financial officer who has public company experience.
About a dozen top executives have left Uber since February.
The company on Tuesday fired the technology whiz it had hired to lead its self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski, after he failed to comply with a court order to hand over documents at the centre of a legal dispute between Uber and Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit.
Uber on Wednesday said its net loss in the first quarter, excluding employee stock compensation and other items, narrowed to $708 million, from $991 million in the fourth quarter. As a private company, Uber does not report its financial results publicly, but at times it has confirmed figures reported in the media.
Uber said its first-quarter revenue rose 18 percent to $3.4 billion from the fourth quarter. “The narrowing of our losses in the first quarter puts us on a good trajectory towards profitability,” an Uber spokesperson said in an email. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Wednesday. -Reuters