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Lyft Hires Obama’s Transportation Secretary as Policy Chief

Oct. 9, 2018, 8:34 PM

Anthony Foxx, the former U.S. Transportation Secretary under President Barack Obama, is joining Lyft Inc. to help the ride-hailing company navigate new regulatory roadblocks across the U.S.

On Oct. 9, Lyft named Foxx as chief policy officer and adviser to the founders. Foxx served under Obama throughout his second term. Before that, he was mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Anthony Foxx
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The high-profile hire comes as Lyft faces new hurdles from local governments. While the company has expanded its ride-hailing network to cover much of the U.S., Lyft is laying the groundwork for electric-scooter rentals and self-driving cars.

The San Francisco-based ...