BlaBlaCar prepares to enter Turkish market, seeking country manager

blablacar2Europe’s leading ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar is preparing to open up to Turkey. A new ad listed on Webrazzi Kariyer, a Turkish job board for digital companies, says that the company is seeking a country manager who will launch Turkish BlaBlaCar website and grow the user base of the platform and the brand awareness in Turkey.

Country manger will most probably be located in Istanbul and report to Deputy Managing Director of BlaBlaCar. He will also be in charge of setting up the office and building the Turkish crew.

Paris-headquartered company was founded in 2004 and has quickly grown into one of the leading carpooling platforms in the world. It currently has 7 offices in Europe: Paris, Madrid, Milan, London, Warsaw, Hamburg, Moscow. If the Turkish expansion and recruitment process keeps on track, Istanbul will be the 8th country office of the company, and the first in a city which is also located in the Middle East.

In its competition with Germany’s Carpooling for the leadership in European market, BlaBlaCar sometimes choose to acquire local companies to quickly enter into new markets. It recently bought Podorozhniki, a local player operating in Russia and Ukraine.

BlaBlaCar has now 6 million registered users across 12 markets, against around 5 million of the rival Carpooling that address mainly to north European countries.

There are some ridesharing platforms in Turkey operating only on urban transportation level. BlaBlaCar as a long-distance carpooling marketplace will be the first of its kind in the country.

You can check the job listing by BlaBlaCar by clicking here.

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