Netflix Hires Former Facebook and Uber Exec Rachel Whetstone as New Communications Chief

She takes over post following Jonathan Friedland’s firing in June

Last Updated: August 30, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Netflix on Monday named Facebook executive Rachel Whetstone as its new chief communications officer.

Whetstone joins Netflix from Facebook and previously led communications and policy at Uber and Google. She takes over the position after former communications chief Jonathan Friedland was fired in June after the company reported that he had used the N-word on multiple occasions while in office.

“Rachel is a proven communications leader and a strong addition to the Netflix team,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in a statement. “Her deep knowledge and international expertise will be invaluable as we bring Netflix and its expanding lineup of original content to an increasingly global audience.”

A graduate of Bristol University, Rachel worked as a political advisor in the U.K. before entering the private sector. She joined Google in 2005 and served as senior vice president of communications and public policy from 2010 to 2015.

She held the same position at Uber from 2015 till 2017, prior to joining Facebook as a VP last year.

“I’m so excited to be joining Netflix and being part of this amazing company’s story,” Whetstone said in a statement.