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Uber Hires European COO

The car service company is looks to expand its foothold in Europe.

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Uber's executive team just went international.

The high-end car service, which started life in San Francisco, announced Tuesday that it was hiring Netherlands native Kees Koolen as its new COO.

In a blog post about the hire, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Koolen's experience will help Uber scale globally. According to Uber's website, the service currently operates nine U.S. locations, plus Toronto, Paris, and London.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick tells Inc. that Koolen will be splitting his time 50/50 between North America and overseas locations.

Koolen is the former CEO of Booking.com, a hotel reservation subsidiary of Priceline.com.

Uber already has offices in London and Paris, TechCrunch reports.

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Last updated: Jun 19, 2012

JOHN MCDERMOTT | Staff Writer

John McDermott is a business and culture reporter whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Playboy and on AOL.com. He recently moved from Chicago to Brooklyn, New York, to work for Inc.com.




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