Today, Uber announced new leadership for its Australia and New Zealand businesses following the promotions of Dom Tayor and Bec Nyst, who have been appointed to the roles of Asia Pacific Regional General Manager for Uber and Uber Eats, respectively. These promotions build on a trend that has seen a number of Australian leaders go on to take regional and global roles across the business.

Emma Foley, a nine-year Uber veteran who previously served as General Manager of New Zealand in addition to leading ANZ’s Driver and Marketplace Operations, is the new ANZ Managing Director for Uber’s mobility business. Meanwhile, Ed Kitchen assumes the role of Managing Director for Uber Eats ANZ. Ed has been with Uber nearly eight years and most recently held the role of Director, Marketplace & Delivery People Operations.

Emma Foley, Managing Director, Uber ANZ

Emma began by building out the early Uber business in Wellington, and she later led the launch of Uber Eats as the first Country Manager in New Zealand. She then spent more than three years in Mexico City focusing on strategy and growth for Uber Eats in Latin America. Her background prior to Uber includes experience as a commercial litigator and work at a small New Zealand startup.

Emma Foley said: “It’s an exciting time for Uber across Australia and New Zealand, and I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead our team and business into its next chapter of growth. We’ve been hard at work helping Aussies and Kiwis move through their cities in more innovative ways, and I look forward to building on this strong foundation.”

“From reserving a ride up to 90 days in advance to lower-cost options like Uber Pool or even driving yourself with Uber Carshare, Uber has become Australia’s go-to app for mobility. Looking ahead, we’ll also continue our work to eliminate emissions across the platform by 2040, helping more drivers make the switch to EVs and allowing us to introduce more fully-electric options for riders, like Comfort Electric.”

Ed Kitchen, Managing Director, Uber Eats ANZ

Ed joined Uber shortly after Uber Eats launched in Australia. In his previous role, Ed was responsible for marketplace and delivery people operations across ANZ. Prior to that, he held positions in Uber Eats as Head of Operations for Uber’s ANZ retail business, Head of Strategic Initiatives for ANZ and State Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. Before joining Uber, Ed worked as a management consultant with KPMG, focusing on strategy and supply chain.

Ed’s promotion follows the recent appointment of Andy Bowie as General Manager of Uber Eats New Zealand. Reporting into Ed, Andy is responsible for the delivery business locally, with the ambition to sustainably grow all sides of the Eats marketplace.

Ed Kitchen said: “The Uber Eats business in Australia and New Zealand has seen phenomenal growth over the last few years, particularly as the pandemic revolutionised the way Aussies and Kiwis get meals, groceries and other retail products delivered. Uber Eats has been at the forefront of this shift in consumer behaviour, and I couldn’t be more excited as I step in to lead this fantastic team and business.

“We know our customers expect they can get almost anything delivered by Uber Eats. My priority will be ensuring that everyone who participates in our marketplace – restaurants, retailers, delivery people and consumers – experience the value, benefit and yes, magic, of the Uber Eats app. I will also focus on ensuring that we grow responsibly, keeping top of mind our recently announced commitments to reduce unsustainable packaging and eliminate delivery emissions.”

Dom’s career with Uber has spanned nearly 10 years, including a range of operational, strategy and leadership roles during his tenure. For the past seven years, Bec has held a number of leadership roles across ANZ sales and restaurant teams. Beyond the strong business performance experienced under their tenure as Managing Directors, the two have partnered closely in advancing Uber’s local work in sustainability, social impact and leading industry efforts during the government’s recent gig reform process.

Dom Taylor said: “There is no better leader to chart Uber’s future across Australia and New Zealand than Emma Foley. As I have said before, the team here represents the very best of Uber’s ‘special sauce’: talent, authenticity, curiosity and passion. Emma has these all qualities and more in spades.

“Leading the Australia and New Zealand team for the past five years has been a privilege. As I step into my new role, I’m invigorated by the many opportunities facing our business across Asia Pacific. I look forward to partnering closely with country leaders to deliver the Uber magic to our riders and drivers across this diverse region.”

Bec Nyst said: “The team Down Under is a rare breed: go-getters and industry-shapers, and Ed personifies the very best of them. I can’t wait to watch the Uber Eats team and business continue to thrive under his leadership.

“The time I’ve spent leading Uber Eats in Australia and New Zealand has been a career highlight. APAC is one of Uber Eats’ most dynamic regions. I’m already getting stuck into helping our teams deliver even greater value to our customers, delivery people, restaurant and retail partners.  There are huge opportunities, whether in food or grocery, and we are well placed to unlock them.”