Uber has hired former Axon executive Marcus Womack to lead its Seattle hub, which is now home to 250 employees and will continue growing.
Womack was previously an executive vice president at Axon, the Seattle-based police body camera maker. He joined the company after Axon acquired Familiar, a startup he co-founded in 2011. Womack and his Familiar co-founders left Axon earlier this month.
At Uber, Womack will be the site lead for the Seattle office and director of product for rider expansion. He’ll focus on growing Uber’s travel and events business.
“Uber’s intersection of the physical and digital world is a unique and exciting space, and the company is at an inflection point — it’s a great time to join,” he told GeekWire.
Womack said Uber is committed to expanding its presence in Seattle, where it opened an engineering office in 2015 — it also has an operations office in the city. There are 25 open positions on Uber’s jobs page for Seattle. The company employs about 15,000 worldwide.
“Outside of San Francisco, Uber’s Seattle office is a primary hub for product and engineering,” Womack said. “We have key teams working on a broad range of hard problems core to the company’s mission. Uber Seattle is a microcosm of Uber SF with dedicated teams across Rider, Driver, serverless platform, security, networking, and more.”
Uber’s Seattle engineering office was previously led by Tim Prouty, who helped open the office in 2015. Prouty joined Seattle trucking startup Convoy in January as its head of engineering.
Uber, headquartered in San Francisco and operating in 616 cities worldwide, is one of more than 100 out-of-town tech companies with engineering centers in the Seattle area that are tapping into the region’s software development talent.