Susan Anderson has been appointed as General Manager for Uber, Australia and New Zealand.

She takes over from David Rohrsheim who launched Uber in Australia and New Zealand and has lead the ride sharing business locally for the last five years. Rohrsheim is taking paternity leave and will return to Uber in a senior role later in 2018.

Anderson joined Uber in October 2016 as as the general manager of Uber Eats Queensland, before being promoted to GM of Uber Eats across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that she has worked with Amazon in the UK and Bain and Company.

Jodie Auster has now been promoted to Uber Eats GM. Previously she ran the Melbourne-arm of Uber’s restaurant delivery service.

Following the appointment of Auster and Anderson, five of Uber’s eight executive team leaders in Australia are female and so is 40 per cent of its 550-person full-time workforce, the AFR reports.

“I look forward to enhancing the benefits Uber offers to both riders and driver-partners even further over the coming months and years,” Anderson wrote on LinkedIn today, announcing her new role.

“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.”

Anderson has also thanked Rohrsheim and acknowledged his role developing the business over the last five years.

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