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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:09:27 +0000
(NEW YORK) -- Former Obama campaign manager and White House adviser David Plouffe is joining on-demand car service company Uber.
Plouffe joins Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, tasked with leading a campaign to continue expanding the company's services to new cities and overseas.
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick announced the hiring of Plouffe on the company's blog. Plouffe, in turn, said that he is "thrilled" to be joining the Uber team, stating his belief that Uber can "spur the creation of hundreds of thousands of small businesses and directly create millions of jobs."
Both Kalanick and Plouffe cited the obstacles in Uber's path, including competition from the taxi industry. Plouffe called the current situation a "monopoly," accusing the taxi industry of wanting to "play the inside game to deny opportunity to those on the outside."
Still, Plouffe said, "Uber has the chance to be a once in a decade if not a once in a generation company."
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