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Waze appoints new UK country manager

Ruairidh Roberts

Real-time navigation app Waze has appointed Ruairidh Roberts as its new UK country manager. 

Roberts will be responsible for developing strategy and spearheading Waze’s partnerships division, showcasing how Waze data can be used to tackle infrastructure challenges.

Roberts joins from Google where he was industry head for travel at Google since 2013.

In his previous role, he led the technology company’s relationships with leaders in the hospitality and tour operating sectors in the UK and across EMEA.

Roberts said: “We are seeing travel habits shift significantly due to the impact of Covid-19, so ensuring that the app is there to support users and brands as they navigate the new normal is my priority.

Waze’s mission is to get people and technology to meet to solve transportation challenges and in today’s climate, this has never been more important.”

Waze is a platform that helps communities to contribute road data, edit Waze maps, and carpool. Waze partners with municipalities and transit authorities to share data and help reduce traffic and congestion—leveraging current infrastructure while impacting city planning.  

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The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

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Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

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Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.

 

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