Uber’s contentious search for a new CEO has apparently ended.
The ride-hailing startup’s board of directors on Sunday picked Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of online travel company Expedia, to fill the position, The New York Times reported late Sunday. Khosrowshahi, who has been president and chief executive of Expedia since 2005, was one of three candidates the board was considering, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources.
Uber didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The hire comes after as tumultuous search for someone to fill the position, which had been vacant for two months after the departure of co-founder Travis Kalanick. Earlier Sunday, the board’s pool of candidates narrowed when former GE chief Jeff Immelt, who was considered a front-runner for the job, announced in a tweet Sunday morning that he hadto be Uber’s next chief executive.
The San Francisco-based startup has been without a chief executive since co-founder Kalanick was forced to resign in June after a slew of scandals, including sexual harassment allegations that led to the firing of more than 20 employees. The company is also defending itself against a trade-secret theft lawsuit from Waymo, the self-driving car business run by Alphabet — Google’s parent company.
Problems for Uber started snowballing back in February when former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote a blog post titled “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber.” She wrote about sexual harassment, “a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management,” and gender bias.
Meg Whitman, currently head of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and formerly of eBay, was also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the position, but Whitman put that speculation to rest in late July when she proclaimed “Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman.”
Complicating the hunt for a new CEO were rumors that Kalanick was plotting a return to Uber as CEO — something the company flatly denies.
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