Uber’s Plan for World Domination: A Board of Political Heavyweights

Lately, the $51 billion company has shifted its strategy, courting representatives of the same entrenched interests it used to delight in disrupting. The first step was hiring Obama advisor David Plouffe, in 2014, who has helped Uber navigate regulatory dust-ups from Portland to Las Vegas. But now, with Uber in 400 cities, it’s calling in some big names to help it fight its battles around the world. On Wednesday, Uber announced the formation of an eight-person public-policy board, which includes former European Union anti-trust commissioner Neelie Kroes, former prime minister of Peru Roberto Daniño, Saudi Arabian princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, and former U.S. secretary of transportation Ray LaHood.