Uber has often been in news for various regulatory reasons. However, it's different this time. India's most popular taxi service has hired a new Chief People Officer for India and she is from Hyderabad. Vishpala Reddy was formerly the VP and HR for American Express in India for 12 years. Reddy has over 17 years of experience in human resources and is likely to focus on Uber India's diversity and inclusion agenda by developing programmes to foster an equal-opportunity workplace in the company.

Speaking to the Economic Times, she says, "In my new role, I look forward to building a forward-looking, sustainable and people-focussed organisation and having the opportunity to work alongside a highly talented workforce." Uber, till date, had grabbed headlines, following allegations of widespread mismanagement and harassment at workplace. Thus, to repair its reputation, its co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned as the chief executive.

According to a Hindu report, the company has also roped in a law firm, led by former US attorney general Eric Holder to look into the work culture and practices of the company. For Uber, India is the second largest market after the US. In fact, it has witnessed over 100% year-on-year growth. In India, the company operates in 29 cities and has Ola as the major competitor.

Comparing the situation in India and the US, Reddy reportedly said, "In the last one week that I have taken charge, I see a culture of transparency and collaborative work. What is amazing is that unlike all that I had read, I see an organisation that is ready to embrace change... The number of potential candidates that have reached out to me to explore roles in Uber post taking on this role is very encouraging." She also said that the company will continue to hire the brightest minds in the country. 

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