Saturday 22 October 2016

Ryanair poaches Uber lobbyist for public affairs role

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

Cristian Samoilovich
Cristian Samoilovich

Ryanair has tapped Uber's pointman for dealing with Europe's governments, Cristian Samoilovich (32), as the airline's first ever head of public affairs.

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He'll pursue Ryanair's agenda with European institutions and governments as it intensifies its footprint across the continent.

In what could be taken as another sign of the airline's increasing maturity in dealing with both authorities and its own customers, Mr Samoilovich said he looks forward to working with EU and other European governments.

Juliusz Komorek, Ryanair's chief legal and regulatory officer, also welcomed the appointment.

"His extensive experience and knowledge will be a key asset to Ryanair, as we continue to work with the EU to increase the competitiveness of the European air transport industry, to the benefit of consumers," he said.

Mr Samoilovich trained as a lawyer in Paris, and was senior manager of public policy for Europe with taxi service Uber from 2014 to 2015 before taking up his Ryanair role.

Prior to that, he was director of EU environmental policy and compliance at aircraft maker Boeing. For two years, he was project manager for corporate social responsibility in Europe for Airbus.

Ryanair has had a fractious relationship with European institutions, battling them on a range of issues from subsidies and its plot to buy Aer Lingus, to employee taxation.

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