Who is Dara Khosrowshahi?
- Author: Arturo Norris Aug 28, 2017,
Aug 28, 2017, 17:39
The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that Whitman had given a presentation to Uber's board on Saturday about the CEO role, according to a person familiar with the matter, despite her public denials of interest in the job.
Another finalist is Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Despite being ousted from his company, Kalanick remains on its eight-member board.
Khosrowshahi is respected in the Silicon Valley for handling the huge expansion of Expedia Inc.to over 60 countries, reports suggested. Benchmark has accused Kalanick of meddling in the CEO search as part of a scheme to regain power, an accusation Kalanick has called "meritless". He said in a previous statement that he would support the new CEO "to guide Uber into its next phase of growth and ensure its continued success". But Immelt apparently dropped out Sunday, tweeting his decision. However, the travel industry observer Rafat Ali, the founder and editor of travel news site Skift, says there's a logical candidate if the company choses to find its next leader internally. "He's one of the humblest and most even-keeled people I know", said Ali Partovi, a technology investor who is also Khosrowshahi's second cousin.
We're still waiting for an official announcement, but the protocol is that Expedia first needs to announce Khosrowshahi's departure before his Uber appointment can be revealed.
No surprise, Bonderman resigned soon after, to be replaced by TPG's David Trujillo, who voted Sunday afternoon for Khosrowshahi, in an eventually unanimous board decision. A spokesman for Ms. Whitman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
With the CEO position filled by Khosrowshahi, the company is now seeking a chief operating officer, a chief financial officer, and a head of finance.
Mr. Khosrowshahi studied engineering at Brown University but switched to finance when he moved to NY.
Uber's quest for a new chief executive to succeed Travis Kalanick has taken another twist after one of America's most senior corporate figures ruled himself out.
Kalanick quickly committed $3 million to a legal defense fund for drivers who may have been affected by the ban, but the damage to Uber's (and Kalanick's) already shaky image was done. It's also been investing in autonomous driving technology, and has provoked a lawsuit from the former Google auto unit now called Waymo that accused Uber of stealing trade secrets.