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Uber names Silvia Penna as general director for operations in Brazil

Penna is responsible for one of the company's largest ridesharing operations in the world

Silvia Penna new general director for Uber in Brazil
A member of Uber's team since 2016, Silvia Penna will lead the next steps in the company's expansion plans for Brazil. Photo: Courtesy.
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Uber announced Silvia Penna as the executive who will lead the mobility business in Brazil this Wednesday (20th). Since May of this year, Penna already occupied the position on an interim basis. As of November, the executive will officially be responsible for one of the company’s largest ridesharing operations in the world.

“I am very happy and honored to take on the responsibility of conducting the business in Uber‘s largest travel volume market in the world. I know that the scope and complexity of my challenges are as great as the scale of our business in the country: 22 million users and 1 million partner drivers. And that inspires and motivates me”, said Penna in a statement sent to the company’s employees.

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Penna also actively engaged in the company’s expansion in Brazil. In May, Uber announced its plans for a new headquarters in the country, in Greater São Paulo, considering the “projected growth” for the company in the coming years.

The Uber Campus should open in 2022, in the city of Osasco. The space will house the company’s first Technology Center in Latin America, inaugurated in Brazil in 2018.

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“I know who I represent and I count on a team that brings together all the attributes to handle this responsibility. This is the best perspective for those who, like me, are starting a new stage in the Uber journey“, comments Penna.

Penna graduated in Civil Engineer at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and has also a Master in Administration from Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA). The executive has been part of the company’s team since 2016, acting as regional operations manager. Before, she worked at engineering companies such as OR and MRV.

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