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Uber poaches Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi appointing him new CEO

by Felix Omondi
Dara Khosrowshahi

Finally, it looks like the vacancy created at the helm of Uber administration by the resignation of Travis Kalanic following pressure from the shareholders is about to be filled. The vacancy is to be occupied by Expedia boss, Dara Khosrowshahi, who is reported to be the newly appointed replacement for the former Uber CEO, whose resignation was marred by accusations of sexual harassment and culture of male chauvinism.

Sources say the Uber board members made this decision late on Sunday, although at the time of writing this there was no official announcement yet. Whoever the board appoints to replace Kalanic will have to work harder to repair the organization tainted image following the scandals that arose during with the former CEO.

If Khosrowshahi replaces Kalanic, he will have the uphill task of restoring the company’s corporate image, improving its relationship with investors and turning around the company’s declining revenues in years.

There were several rumors here and there that the Uber board was considering a list of candidate that comprised of HP boss Meg Whitman, and GE chairman Jeff Immelt. Although unconfirmed reports say, Immelt ruled himself out of the list, while Ms. Whitman said she was not interested in the job.

Dara Khosrowshahi background

He was born in Tehran, Iran in 1969, and later moved to the United States during the Iranian revolution in the late 1970s. He has served as the CEO of Expedia since 2005. He has also served as a board member of the New York Times since 2015.

Some of Khosrowshahi well known political activism include is open opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump travel ban on six majorly Muslim countries. He even backed a lawsuit against this ban.

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