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In Uber executive shuffle, former Obama advisor moves to board

In Uber executive shuffle, former Obama advisor moves to board
A woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

David Plouffe is moving into a new role at Uber. The former Obama campaign whiz, brought into the quasi-taxi company last fall, is giving up his job as senior vice president of policy and communications.

Taking his place: Rachel Whetstone, Google's top communications and public policy executive. Plouffe will join Uber's board of directors and continue to advise the company and its controversial chief executive, Travis Kalanick.

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The move comes as Uber has expanded into 250 cities around the world, running into controversy along the way, as it clashes with regulators and local taxi businesses.

Whetstone, a former British political advisor, joined Google in 2005 and will bring a wealth of international experience to complement Uber's ambitions.

Uber reportedly values itself at  $50 billion as it heads toward a possible initial public offering.

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