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Uber Technologies Inc. said David Plouffe, the mobile car-hailing application’s head of communications, is shifting to an advisory role and joining the company’s board.

Plouffe, a former adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, will serve as an adviser to the company and CEO Travis Kalanick, according to Nairi Hourdajian, a spokeswoman at Uber. Plouffe joined Uber less than a year ago as senior vice president of policy and strategy. Rachel Whetstone, formerly of Google Inc., will become senior vice president of communications at San Francisco-based Uber.

Gina Scigliano, a spokeswoman at Google, confirmed that Whetstone, who had led communications at the Web-search engine, is leaving, and said Jessica Powell will become the interim leader of the communications group.

The executive changes were reported earlier by technology news website Re/code.


This article was written by Brian Womack and Eric Newcomer from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Photo Credit: David Plouffe, L, with prominent investor Steve Jurvetson. Steve Jurvetson / Flickr