Uber head of policy EMEA Mark McGann quits after year in role

Uber's head of public policy EMEA, Mark McGann, has left the company after a year in the role, along with Karesha McGee, head of executive comms for Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

An Uber event in the US last year (Credit: 5chw4r7z via Flickr)
An Uber event in the US last year (Credit: 5chw4r7z via Flickr)

A former lobbyist, McGann has previously worked for Weber Shandwick in Brussels, Brunswick and FIPRA. He joined Uber last year and will leave at the end of January 2016. 

Rachel Whetstone, SVP of comms and public policy, who joined Uber from Google in May, said: "Mark has been a wonderful leader to the policy team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Thanks to his leadership there is increasing recognition of the need for modern regulations that promote safety while also increasing choice through innovations like Uber. We wish him all the best for the future."

David Plouffe, chief adviser and board member, added: "Mark is a talented public policy professional and terrific colleague. He is creative, determined and knowledgeable and has been a terrific advocate for Uber on three continents in a challenging environment. I will miss traveling across the region with him but wish him the best on his next chapter."

Meanwhile PRWeek has learned that Karesha McGee, head of executive comms at the taxi company, has also left, after just ten months in the post. US-based McGee reported to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. According to her LinkedIn profile, McGee left last month.

Over the past 12 months, Uber has seen a number of changes in its comms teams, including former head of corporate comms Andrew Noyes, former EMEA head of comms Rachel Channing and EU head of policy Dominick Moxon-Tritsch. Evelyn Tay, head of Uber’s APAC comms, also left in May, after spending a year at the company.

Alex Belardinelli, a press secretary to former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, joined Uber last month as its head of comms for the UK and Ireland. At the same time Uber hired Snapchat's Jill Hazelbaker in the US as VP of comms and public policy, reporting to Whetstone.

Other recent hires include former Virgin media comms chief Gareth Mead as head of comms EMEA.

  • Come back to PRWeek on Monday for our interview with Uber's UK chief Jo Bertram, talking about how the power of PR lifted the company above controversy - or turn to p27 of the November print edition of PRWeek UK, out this week.

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