SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s search for a CEO has an early September deadline, but it appears the ride-hailing services is focusing its sights on the business world’s most-recognized names to succeed co-founder Travis Kalanick.

Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric’s outgoing CEO, heads a list that, until Thursday night, included Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, who said she was not interested in the job.

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Whitman, who resigned from HP’s board on Wednesday, said Thursday she is “fully committed” to remaining at HPE. The former eBay CEO has steered the venerable tech pioneer through a historic split into HPE and HP.

A handful of people are in contention to run tech’s biggest unicorn (worth an estimated $50 billion) and prep it for an initial public offering. That may be the least of their worries with a company that forced out Kalanick after months of controversy over charges of sexual harassment and discrimination that whacked $10 billion from its market value since the beginning of the year.

The Silicon Valley company is not only in need of a general counsel and finance and marketing chiefs, but says it wants to hire a chief operating officer.

What is more, Otto, the autonomous trucking start-up that Uber acquired for $680 million in stock, led to a trade-secrets lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo division. 

Immelt, 61, scheduled to step down as GE CEO next week, has emerged as a interesting contender. Uber’s board met late Thursday to discuss the search and other issues, according to published reports.