Rebecca Messina
Rebecca Messina

Rebecca Messina, Uber's first marketing chief, is stepping down after eight months on the job, following the massive $1B first-quarter red ink tide at the ride-hailing and delivery giant.

Her departure will come as CEO Dara Khosrowshahi promises to take a more “hands-on” approach to management.

He is consolidating marketing, communications and policy functions into a single unit for a “consistent and unified” narrative to customers, media and government officials, according to an internal email.

Jill Hazelbaker, senior VP-communications & public policy, will be in charge of the combined group.

She joined Uber in 2015 from the VP-communications and public policy job at Snapchat and earlier worked on communications and policy issues in London for Google.

Hazelbaker has political experience, gained from stints as national communications director for John McCain’s presidential run and Mike Bloomberg's campaign for New York mayor.

Messina, who held marketing jobs at Coca-Cola during a more than 21-year stint there, joined Uber from liquor company Beam Suntory, where she was senior VP & global marketing chief.