Uber in Australia gets a female GM & takes lead on gender diversity

Uber in Australia gets a female GM & takes lead on gender diversity

Susan Anderson
Uber’s Australian operations has a new General Manager, following the appointment of Susan Anderson to the role.

She’s been leading Uber Eats across the country, having first arrived at Uber to lead Uber Eats Queensland. Prior to that, she worked with Amazon and Bain & Co.

Anderson’s new role will also see another woman appointed to a high profile role with the ride-sharing giant, with Jodie Auster named the new GM of Uber Eats.

Auster’s been leading Uber’s restaurant delivery service in Melbourne.

These latest female appointments are a win for gender diversity at Uber, with the company’s global operations facing a barrage of negative headlines and attention on gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the the year since Susan Fowler penned her piece outlining her difficult stint working with the company.

The Australian Financial Review reports that the Australian operations of Uber are now one of its most gender diverse locations. Forty per cent of the tech company’s 550-strong Australian workforce are female, along with five of its eight executive team.

The shift is also a win for promoting paternity leave, with outgoing GM David Rohrsheim, the co-founder of Uber in Australia and New Zealand, saying that while he’ll return to a leadership role in 2019, he’s taking the rest of 2018 out to spend with his family and expected second child.

Anderson wrote on LinedIn about her appointment: “Internally, we have an exceptional team of people working in offices across Australia and NZ – and I’m blown away by the talent and passion evident in every interaction. We have a team of over 550 people whose passion for the customer and creating a magical experience is clear. I hope to inspire, challenge and bolster our ANZ teams even further in my new role.”

David Rohrsheim wrote on LinkedIn: “It has been a wild five years. I am fortunate that Uber now has generous paternity leave so I can spend the rest of 2018 with my family who are expecting our second child soon. Hit me up for coffee or play-dates.”

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