GE's Jeffrey Immelt considered for Uber's top spot

29 Juillet, 2017, 10:03 | Author: Marc Bacque
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Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, had also been under consideration, but she publicly withdrew her name on Thursday night, saying speculation of a possible move had been a distraction. GE and Uber declined to comment. It is unclear whether or not the transportation services company had talks with Whitman, but she was reportedly on its shortlist for the role.

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Whitman added, "We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere".

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Candidates for Uber CEO, including Jeffrey Immelt, must be capable of restoring confidence in the ridehailing company after months of controversy. Uber's board met on Thursday night to discuss the search and other issues, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Uber is embroiled in messy litigation with rival Waymo over its self-driving auto trade secrets, the company is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over its use of a secretive software that helped drivers evade law enforcement officials, and reports of sexual harassment, sexism and other unprofessional behavior at the company recently led to the firing of 20 employees.

Uber has set its sights on the business world's most seasoned chief executives to fill the leadership vacuum left by the departure of co-founder Travis Kalanick.

The turmoil prompted investors to demand Kalanick's resignation, which he gave last month.

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