Uber selects Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi as new CEO
Uber's board has selected Dara Khosrowshahi due to his track record of driving growth
After the past few turbulent months, ride-hailing services company Uber has finally selected a new CEO, Expedia's chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi.
Khosrowshahi replaces Uber's Travis Kalanick after he stepped down as chief executive officer in June this year, due to a barrage of allegations of sexual discrimination and harassment within Uber's workplace culture. He will be tasked with the challenge of restoring Uber's reputation, repair relationships with investors and rebuild overall company morale.
In a surprise appointment, Khosrowshahi who has headed Expedia for 12 years, the Iranian-American businessman will offer a fresh contrast to Kalanick's ‘tech bro' work culture.
According to rumours, both Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co and Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprises were in for the running. Both candidate took to Twitter, with Whitman denying having any interest in the role.
I have decided not to pursue a leadership position at Uber. I have immense respect for the company & founders - Travis, Garrett and Ryan.
— Jeff Immelt (@JeffImmelt) August 27, 2017
(3/3) We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere. Uber's CEO will not be Meg Whitman.
— Meg Whitman (@MegWhitman) July 28, 2017
Uber's reputation has been damning, with reports that a former employee Susan Fowler experienced sexual harassment and gender discrimination whilst at Uber. Furthermore and not helping the situation, venture capitalist David Bonderman resigned from Uber's board of directors after making a sexist comment
In the company review in June, the report highlighted that Uber must change the dynamics of the workplace by training human resource personnel on "the effective handling of complaints", training senior management and executives in leadership, a policy banning romantic relationships between employees and their managers and also progress its diversity efforts.