After months of speculations, Uber has now officially announced its new CEO. The man tasked with replacing Travis Kalanick is former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. The company announced his hiring in a memo sent to employees late last night. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
Khosrowshahi s appointment was a unanimous decision by Uber s board of directors. We re really fortunate to gain a leader with Dara s experience, talent and vision, the board wrote in the memo. The Board and the Executive Leadership Team are confident that Dara is the best person to lead Uber into the future building world-class products, transforming cities, and adding value to the lives of drivers and riders around the world while continuously improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
That said, Khosrowshahi was largely seen as a truce choice for the Uber board. Since the ouster of Kalanick, there have been quite a few names associated with the position, including Hewlett Packard chief Meg Whitman, and ex-General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt.
Kalanick has himself welcomed the appointment of Khosrowshahi. In a statement the former Uber CEO said, With a deep passion for team building, Dara grew Expedia into one of the world s most successful travel and technology platforms. Casting a vote for the next chief executive of Uber was a big moment for me and I couldn’t be happier to pass the torch to such an inspiring leader.
Khosrowshahi will be stepping into Uber at a time when the cab aggregator is going through tumultuous times. The new CEO will have to tackle a myriad of legal battles, organizational chaos, and the company s infamous workplace culture. But in an interview with Bloomberg, Khosrowshahi has called his new job an opportunity of a lifetime . DON T MISS: All you need to know about new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi