Uber APAC picks senior director for public policy and govt relations

Uber has appointed Ann Lavin (pictured) as its senior director of public policy and government relations for Asia Pacific (APAC).

As a key member of Uber’s regional leadership team, Lavin is responsible for working with government, policy makers and third parties to create a positive case for change, and a favourable environment for ridesharing and other innovations in mobility, across the Asia Pacific region, one of its fastest growing and highest potential regions, according to the company's statement.

Lavin joins Uber from Google, where she led policy efforts across Greater China, Southeast Asia and emerging markets, encompassing economic empowerment, content regulation, geopolitics, privacy, and general technology policy.

Previously, Lavin was also a senior advisor at McLarty Associates, and the vice president of the US-ASEAN Business Council, the principal US business organisation in Southeast Asia, in addition to various roles in the US Government at the US Department of Energy, and the presidentʼs commission on White House Fellowships.

Brooks Entwistle, chief business officer of APAC at Uber, said partnerships are at the heart of Uber’s largest growth opportunities in Asia. He added that the company is currently focused on ensuring that it works closely with governments, policy makers, third parties and businesses to unlock the full potential of its technology.

Jill Hazelbaker, senior vice president of policy and communications at Uber, added, "Lavin brings tremendous technical expertise encompassing over two decades of advocating for positive change, economic opportunity and innovation; and her appointment reinforces our commitment to partnering with government and investing in communities, as we deepen our overall investment in Asia."

“It’s exciting to be working with Uber to make positive change happen, and to be partnering with governments and communities to drive innovation and opportunities that will allow Uber to meet the needs of millions more,” Lavin said.