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