Facebook has hired Uber’s former top public relations executive as vice-president of communications for its multiple platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
Rachel Whetstone, who has worked for some of the Britain’s most powerful Conservative politicians, stepped down as head of public policy and communications at Uber in April following a string of corporate scandals.
Whetstone in her new role at Facebook will oversee communications for Instagram and WhatsApp, which are both owned by Facebook.
Whetstone worked at Google as the head of communications and public policy prior to Uber.
Whetstone left Uber earlier this year amid a number of public relations crises after a former employee’s accusation of sexual harassment stirred a major controversy, surrounding claims of rampant sexism and discrimination within the company.
Ms. Whetstone has not commented on the scandals since she left Uber.
She is a friend of David Cameron and George Osborne.
She served as Howard’s political secretary and was a major player in Conservative politics when the party was up against Tony Blair’s Labour government.