Uber’s new Asia chief wants to work with governments and taxi firms not against them

From Techcrunch

New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been vocal in pledging to reform Uber’s toxic culture to take the business to the next level — and ultimately an IPO — but, over in Asia, another recent arrival is presiding over a revamped approach which includes turning those who were once enemies into friends.

Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia, joined the firm in August to lead its business in Asia Pacific, minus China — where it sold to rival Didi — and India, where the firm is run by a dedicated country president.

At the time of his arrival I joked that Entwistle, who has lived across Asia for over two decades, may need to dip into his experience of scaling Mount Everest such is the challenge of handling Uber’s business in Asia. This year alone, it has been rocked by scandals that include using unsafe cars in Singapore, bribery allegations in at least five countries, not to mention ongoing skirmishes with regulators in…

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