Bird Hires Two Senior Uber Executives
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Electric scooters have arguably been the hottest area in tech so far in 2018. Bird and Lime have each raised around $500 million according to Crunchbase and over 12 different scooter companies applied for permits to operate in San Francisco alone. Uber and Lyft have publicly stated that they are interested in the space and local competitors are emerging in every geography. This scooter race is just getting started…
Last week, Bird announced that former Uber executives Dennis Cinelli and Yibo Ling have joined Bird reporting to Bird Founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden. Cinelli will serve as Vice President and Head of Finance. Ling joins as a Vice President of Corporate Development and will also lead Bird's China team.
"As Bird enters its second year, we're continuing to expand our talented executive team to build on and scale our momentum," said Travis VanderZanden, Bird Founder and CEO. "Dennis and Yibo both bring valuable experience expanding markets and I look forward to working with them closely as we continue on our mission."
Joining a team of industry veterans, Cinelli and Ling bring years of experience in scaling business operations. Cinelli most recently served as the Head of Finance, Global Rides at Uber, where he helped build and lead the finance team responsible for Uber's global rides operations. Prior to Uber, Cinelli spent 11 years in finance roles at General Electric, working across sectors ranging from entertainment to lighting to transportation.
Ling spent the last four years at Uber as the Director of Corporate Development, managing corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and the company's expansion to China. Before Uber, Ling worked as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where he helped technology and financial services clients operate more efficiently.
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