Zūm Appoints Former Uber Executive as Senior Vice President of Operations

Redwood City, California, UNITED STATES


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zūm, the leading provider of safe and reliable student transportation for families and school districts, announced today that Michael Brown, Uber’s former Regional General Manager for Asia, has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Brown is an experienced leader with significant expertise in managing the complexity of operations at transportation and technology companies, including driving strategic planning, delivering operational results, executing launches and strategic partnerships, and leading market development. During his tenure as head of operations for APAC, Michael built Uber’s presence in the region, delivering billions in revenue during his four years at the helm, and growing a skeleton team of two to over 1,500 employees.

Prior to Uber, Brown held a variety of roles within the technology industry, including running Corporate Development at Twitter and Facebook. Brown's work brought important products and technologies into the portfolios of both companies.

"Michael’s impressive background in management consulting, corporate development and operations gives him a very unique perspective on the market opportunity for Zum,” said Ritu Narayan, CEO and Founder of Zūm. " Most importantly, Michael shares Zūm’s mission of enhancing child transportation, safely and effectively, for families and schools.  We could not have found a better partner than Michael to lead our operations, and we believe that his skills and expertise will complement that of other company leaders as we bring Zūm’s service offerings nationally.”

“Zūm has developed an ingenious way to save parents time and schools money through its innovative technology, route optimization expertise and highly vetted drivers,” said Brown. “I’m delighted to join such an innovative, mission-driven company, and look forward to helping shape the company’s operations as we enter this new phase of growth.”

Brown will be responsible for driver recruitment, trip quality and safety standards and national expansion efforts, among other business needs.

About Zūm

Zūm is the leading provider of safe, efficient and reliable child transportation for schools and parents. Zūm is committed to saving schools money and parents time by providing flexible ride options, through highly vetted drivers. Since its inception, Zūm has provided over 3.5 million miles of safe and reliable rides and helped parents save over 200,000 hours - and counting. Founded by Ritu Narayan, Vivek Garg, and Abhishek Garg, Zūm is backed by leading venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital, Spark Capital, Ulu Ventures and Angelpad. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. For more information or to book a ride, visit www.ridezum.com.

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