A former Amazon executive will drive Lyft ride-sharing services globally
April 12, 2015 09:37 PM
For nearly four years, Rex Tibbens worked as vice president of Amazon Logistics North America, coordinating initiatives such as Prime Now, Amazon’s one-hour delivery service. As a man who focused on speed—and how to deliver Amazon products quickly—Lyft Inc. says he’s a natural fit for chief operating officer of the growing ride-sharing company. Tibbens’ new post was announced this Thursday.
“We're thrilled to welcome Rex Tibbens to Lyft as our new chief operating officer,” Lyft says. “Throughout Rex’s career, he has united humanity and technology to elevate everyday experiences, and he shares our vision to reconnect communities through better transportation.”
In a company statement, Lyft says Tibbens’ experience trumpeting worldwide initiatives at Amazon, such as the expansion of Kindle e-book services globally, makes him a good candidate to oversee international operations at Lyft. Tibbens will help scale Lyft’s overall operation, expand customer service and develop new innovations for the driver and passenger experience, the company says.
Tibbens’ hire follows $530 million in new funding to Lyft from investors such as Japanese online shopping marketplace Rakuten Inc., No. 20 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Asia 500 Guide. Lyft will use the funds to expand and better compete against Uber Technologies Inc. Lyft operates in more than 60 cities in the U.S., while Uber provides rides in 277 cities in 54 countries globally. Tibbens will oversee Lyft’s ride-sharing services internationally.
Prior to working at Amazon, Tibbens held positions at Dell Inc., most recently as executive director of global services, as logistics manager at Toyota and as a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, according to his LinkedIn profile.