It seems impossible, but the disaster at Uber somehow just got worse. A stunning new report from Recode says that an Uber executive carried around the medical files of a company customer who was raped by her driver in India. This executive, Eric Alexander, wasn’t even among the 20 people that Uber fired as part of its ongoing internal harassment investigation. After Recode contacted the company about its reporting, the company said Alexander was no longer employed at Uber.
Alexander, who was the president of business in Asia Pacific, was close with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and SVP of business Emil Michael, according to New York Times reporter Mike Isaac. Recode reports that Alexander carried around these medical files for a year, convinced the rape was concocted by an Uber competitor in India to sabotage the company. He also reportedly showed the documents to Kalanick and Michael. Uber was banned in New Delhi for six months following the incident.
Uber this week announced that it had hired high-profile Apple executive Bozoma Saint John as its chief brand officer. Saint John told Recode that her first responsibility was to “change the perception of the brand.” Good luck with that.