HPE’s Whit­man is be­lieved to be on the short list

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Eric New­comer

Uber Tech­nolo­gies Inc. hopes to name a new leader by early Septem­ber to re­place its ousted chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and steer the ride-hail­ing busi­ness out of a tur­bu­lent pe­riod.

The San Fran­cisco com­pany has a short list of fewer than six CEO can­di­dates, ac­cord­ing to two em­ploy­ees, who at­tended a staff meet­ing where the plans were dis­cussed.

Liane Hornsey, Uber’s head of hu­man re­sources, told em­ploy­ees she be­lieves the com­pany could hire a new CEO within six weeks, said the peo­ple, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied be­cause the de­tails are pri­vate.

Among the re­main­ing can­di­dates is Meg Whit­man, chief of Hewlett Packard En­ter­prise Co., said an­other per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

Whit­man, who ran un­suc­cess­fully for Cal­i­for­nia gover­nor as a Repub­li­can in 2010, has been meet­ing with Uber’s lead­er­ship in re­cent weeks, two peo­ple said. The names of the re­main­ing can­di­dates couldn’t be learned.

“As Meg has said sev­eral times be­fore, she is fully com­mit­ted to HPE and plans to stay with the com­pany un­til her work is done,” Howard Clabo, a spokesman for HPE, wrote in an email. Uber de­clined to com­ment.

A sub­com­mit­tee of Uber’s board is help­ing over­see the search, with as­sis­tance from ex­ec­u­tive re­cruit­ment firm Hei­drick & Strug­gles, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the process.

The group in­cludes exCEO Travis Kalan­ick, Bench­mark part­ner Matt Cohler, me­dia mogul Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton, TPG’s David Tru­jillo and Nes­tle’s Wan Ling Martello. Hornsey has been con­tribut­ing to the process as a mem­ber of Uber’s 14-per­son man­age­ment com­mit­tee.

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