Uber picks up Facebook’s head of international growth

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Uber, which was the employment destination of Facebook public policy managers Andrew Noyes and Corey Owens, recently hired another social network exec. The company announced Tuesday that Ed Baker, formerly Facebook’s Head of International Growth, has joined Uber as Head of Growth.

Uber, the luxury taxi service growing in popularity, also hired Brent Callinicos (former VP, Treasurer & Chief Accountant with Google) as Chief Financial Officer and Emil Michael (former Chief Operating Officer at Klout) as Senior Vice President of Business.

Prior to joining Facebook, Baker was the Co-Founder and CEO of friend.ly, then a Facebook-integrated question-and-answer service.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick commented on the new hires in a company blog post:

Ed Baker, who previously served as Head of International Growth at Facebook and prior to that was co-founder and CEO of friend.ly (which was acquired by Facebook in 2011) will be joining Uber as its Head of Growth. Ed is a founder/entrepreneur who brings deep insights into viral and social products. He is known as one of the architects of the consumer Internet growth discipline. I’m very much looking forward to having a fellow entrepreneur on Uber’s senior team. Ed starts with Uber today.

Image courtesy of Uber’s Facebook page.

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