Uber's head of communications is leaving
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 7:30
The company is also fighting a lawsuit from Google's self-driving leg Waymo, which claims Uber stole a ton of its proprietary self-driving vehicle technology.
Kalanick's email explained Whetstone will be succeeded by Jill Hazelbaker, Uber's newly minted SVP of global policy and communications, and Whetstone's frequent right hand. Hazelbaker has also had a short stint at Snap besides possessing deep political experience having worked on the 2008 USA presidential campaign of Senator John McCain. John McCain when he ran for president in 2008.
The cab hailing app company has been in rattles these days.
Uber Technologies Inc. has taken another hit to its public image, and this time there might be no one left to clean up the mess.
And she will inherit spinning for a beleaguered management team.
Uber confirmed her departure to Fortune, but didn't further detail the reasoning behind her decision to leave.
In February, a female former Uber engineer published a blog post describing Uber as a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished. The president of Uber, Jeff Jones left in the mid of March, and now it is Rachel's turn to bid Good Bye. Uber is now searching for a COO.
Whetstone, 49, who previously worked for Google and is married to David Cameron's former strategy chief Steve Hilton, did not give a reason for her resignation. She had headed Google's shop after Elliot Schrage went to Facebook and before that had worked in politics in the United Kingdom. She has worked with Rachel in Google.
Numerous top Uber employees supposedly left on good terms, but it seems hard to think the massive amount of recent public, political, and legal backlash had nothing to do with it.
But she also had a number of victories at Google, including fighting back against similar search power inquiries by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
"Whetstone was herself instrumental in forging the company's internal response to the scandal, which included a high-level external investigation into the harassment claims and a commitment to boost diversity efforts", Waters continues. Referring to its leader Rupert Murdoch, it included a GIF of a laughing baby, the word "blimey" and yet another GIF from an Eddie Murphy movie. Or is the company that is now valued at nearly $70 billion just experiencing growing pains? This time it's the company's head of communications, Rachel Whetstone, a person who has steered Uber forward in the midst of its recent scandals and heated press coverage. In a memo to employees, CEO Travis Kalanick called her a "force of nature" who was "was way ahead of the game when it came to numerous changes we needed to make as a company".