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Rachel Marjorie Joan Whetstone (born 22 February 1968) is a public relations executive. Currently senior vice president of communications and public policy for Google, she is scheduled to join Uber in a similar position in June 2015.
Her maternal-grandfather was Antony Fisher, founder of many libertarian think tanks, including the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Adam Smith Institute. Her mother is Linda Whetstone, who has been involved with several of Fisher's think tanks. Raised in East Sussex, Whetstone attended Benenden School and then read history at Bristol University.
Upon graduation she joined Conservative Central Office, advising then-Home Secretary Michael Howard. She subsequently entered the private sector, working for One2One and Portland PR, before returning to Westminster in 2003 as Political Secretary to Howard when he became Conservative Party leader. When Howard stood down following the general election in 2005, she returned to the private sector, joining Google in California.
In May 2015 it was announced that in June 2015 Whetstone will become senior vice-president of policy and communications at taxi company Uber, replacing the promoted David Plouffe who is to become chief adviser to the company.
Whetstone is married to Steve Hilton whom she met after an affair with William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor (stepfather to Samantha Cameron), in the lead-up to the 2005 election. The couple were godparents to Ivan Cameron, the late eldest child of David Cameron.
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