Uber Hires Former Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan

Apr 03, 2015 08:13 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Uber Technologies has decided to hire Facebook's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan to handle how the ride-sharing app charges passengers and ensures their safety during rides.

Sullivan will become Uber's first chief security officer after spending five years at Facebook and eight years at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to an Uber blog post.

"I couldn't be more excited to have Joe join our executive team, and look forward to years of working together to make Uber even better," said Travis Kalanick, founder and CEO of Uber, in a company statement.

He also held similar titles for seven years at PayPal and eBay Inc. Sullivan starts with the popular, yet controversial, company officially later on this month.

Sullivan will likely be in charge of making sure the app never gets hacked in order to keep riders sensitive data safe, while also carrying out stricter screening measures when it comes to Uber drivers.

"I'm excited about Uber's mission of revolutionizing transportation and, like Travis and the leadership team at Uber, firmly believe building world-class safety and security are critical to that mission," said Sullivan in a company statement.

In March, Uber announced that it had created response teams to handle safety problems involving a number of its different services across the globe.

Uber was hit by a major security breach in February, which might have revealed more than 50,000 employees' names and driver's licenses around the U.S., according to Reuters.

Uber, the world's most valuable venture-backed start-up company, is valued at $40 billion, with operations in 56 countries and 300 cities around the globe.

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