A well-informed source which cannot publicly offer information is reportedly claiming that Uber has reportedly chose the person to be its next CEO. According to this source, the ride hailing company is planning to offer this position to the current chief executive of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi. This is a very popular travel booking website. If this move will prove to be indeed true, it will mark the company’s final effort to find a new CEO after Travis Kalanick’s departure. He left following enormous pressure from investors who though he wasn’t doing a very good job.
Uber wants a new CEO
Rumors have been flying around since his departure. Some said that Uber actually wanted him back at one point. Others claimed that investor Benchmark didn’t want him to take any part in choosing a new CEO. So, it did everything it could to also fire him Kalanick from the board of directors. It’s worth noting that the board reportedly interviewed lots of people for this very important position. The search was narrowed to just three people. And this rigorous search is indeed a crucial one. It’s no joke to lead one of the most successful businesses in the tech industry.
However, there were some problems there, the source claims. Not everyone was eager to also inherit Uber’s many issues. From allegations of sexism and racism at the workplace, to a very important lawsuit which Google’s Waymo fired against Uber, claiming that it stole its autonomous driving technology. There were some rumors regarding two of the names that were one the final list. Those were GE chief Jeff Immelt and Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman. However, at one point, both said on Twitter that they refused the job offer.
The final candidate on that list was reportedly the one who also got offered the job, Dara Khosrowshahi. Experts are happy with this decision and have characterized him as mature enough to handle Uber’s business and problems. Also, those who have worked with him said that he is more of a listener than a talker. He is of Iranian American descendance and has a Brown University degree in electrical engineering. Time will tell if his experience and fascination with autonomous cars will help Uber get out of the mess in entered some months ago.
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