“I am thrilled to be joining Travis Kalanick and the great team at Uber,” Plouffe said.
“Uber has the chance to be a once-in-a-decade if not a once-in-a-generation company,” he added of the alternative to traditional taxi services. “Of course, that poses a threat to some, and I’ve watched as the taxi industry cartel has tried to stand in the way of technology and big change. Ultimately, that approach is unwinnable. But I look forward to doing what I can right now to ensure drivers and riders are not denied their opportunity for choice in transportation due to those who want to maintain a monopoly and play the inside game to deny opportunity to those on the outside.”
There had been some speculation that Plouffe would return to the White House as Obama’s chief of staff. The rumors got so much traction that the White House was forced to make it publicly known that current chief of staff Denis McDonough has no plans to leave the post.
Uber has become a central political player in Washington lately.
Plouffe will officially join Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in late September.