Rachel Whetstone has been the top executive for communications at Uber for two years now. However, an internal notice circulated the headquarters on Tuesday. The text informed employees of the departure of the PR head. While the reason behind this decision has been kept in complete discretion, the gesture is not surprising. The ride-hailing company has been dealing with a chain reaction of lost executives. Rachel Whetstone is just one of many.
Travis Kalanick and Racket Whetstone Had a Volcanic Business Relationship
The chief executive of Uber, Travis Kalanick, sent an internal email to all his employees on Tuesday morning. The message informed them of the departure of yet another executive. This time, it was the PR head’s turn to leave the ship. Rachel Whetstone accepted on her own accord the decision of the board.
Both Travis Kalanick and Rachel Whetstone made public statements that depicted the image of a calm parting. Both of them admitted the professional skills and the powerful product respectively of each other. However, internal sources claimed that the relationship between the two executives had its own difficulties. Both personalities have shown signs of being temperamental. During sensitive times for the companies, the two of them had conflictive opinions on how to proceed further.
Over the past few months, the PR head lost the control over the way the image of the company was shaping. As a consequence, the public perceived the intentions of the company in a possibly darker shade than they were. For instance, many people believe that Uber tried to take financial advantage of Trump’s travel ban. To highlight their discontent with Uber’s business practices, the social media created a sabotaging campaign with the hashtag #DeleteUber.
Jill Hazelbaker Will Be the New PR Head at Uber
While the internal email did not reveal any explanation for the recent change of management, the PR head’s departure might have something to do with the recent turmoil. However, the board has already decided that Jill Hazelbaker is the perfect fit to take Ms. Whetstone’s place.
Hazelbaker used to work in politics for Senator John McCain. However, she is also a longtime colleague of Whetstone both at Google and Uber. She joined Uber in the year of 2015 from another chapter of her career within Snapchat headquarters.
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