Uber appoints: Uber is filling another key role in its executive ranks just as the year turns. The ride-hail company has hired former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford to be its first-ever chief operating officer. The former chief executive of travel site Orbitz who is originally from Manchester, will become Uber‘s second in command after acting as an adviser, and will oversee global operations, marketing, customer support and UberEats. His appointment comes as Uber embarks on an important year. Coming off a year wracked with public scandal, Khosrowshahi is under a great deal of pressure to turn the company around in 2018. Adding to that, the long-time travel executive has his sights set on taking the company public in 2019.Harford, who also sits on airline company United’s board, had been working in an advisor capacity at Uber since October, spending the last few months learning how Uber works and how to improve operations. However, this is not the first time he’s worked with Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Harford, who took on the role of CEO at Orbitz in 2009, later sold the company to Expedia in 2015 for $1.6 billion. Khosrowshahi was the CEO of Expedia at the time and appointed Harford as company president for Asia Pacific.
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