Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Uber Loses New York Chief John Mohrer, In Wake Of "Accounting Error"

Uber Technologies Inc. is losing the manager of its New York operations, one of its largest markets, a week after the company admitted it had Shortchanged drivers by tens of millions of dollars over 2½ years. 

Josh Mohrer, general manager of New York, said Tuesday that he is leaving to become a managing director of Tusk Ventures.

In a blog post, Mr. Mohrer said he would help make investment decisions at Tusk and support their other investments.

Uber said it had no comment about Mr. Mohrer, who joined Uber in 2012 who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Last week, Uber said it had mistakenly underpaid New York drivers since late 2014, an accounting error that will likely cost it tens of millions of dollars. The company said it would refund the money plus interest, which comes to an average of about $900 per driver. It didn’t say how the error occurred or who was responsible.

Mr. Mohrer’s team has tussled with New York regulators over the years, including more recently over a proposed regulation that would require Uber to issue ridership data to the city to help with traffic snarls. Uber is fighting the initiative, citing privacy concerns. He also helped with Uber’s push to get regulatory authority, recently granted, to expand to upstate New York.

Mr. Mohrer, in late 2014, showed a reporter a secret technological tool that allowed employees to track vehicles or customers. After which New York’s attorney general opened an investigation into the company’s privacy practices and the tool, which Uber called “God View.” 

Uber settled with the state attorney general’s office in 2016, vowing to keep its users’ personal information private and paying a $20,000 fine. The company has since said it is limiting that use of that tool to certain employees.

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