Special Report

Who Is on the Short List to Succeed Kalanick at Uber?

John Harrington

Detailed Findings and Methodology:

Among the candidates is Jeff Immelt, outgoing CEO of General Electric Co. The Wall Street Journal said on July 28 that Uber’s search committee — which includes Kalanick — was in active discussions with Immelt about the post.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman had apparently been a candidate for the top job at San Francisco-based Uber. Bloomberg News reported that she had met with the company. However, Whitman tweeted on July 27 that she will not be the next CEO of Uber.

Kalanick, who founded Uber, was forced to resign in June following a series of missteps involving the company, among them charges of sexual harassment against Uber and an embarrassing video that caught Kalanick abusing an Uber driver.

Other machinations involving Kalanick are afoot. Japanese internet company SoftBank is reportedly thinking about taking a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber. The speculation is Kalanick would use the SoftBank investment to dilute shareholders’ power. The thinking is Kalanick would try to turn SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son into an ally and help Kalanick return to power at Uber.

There is speculation Uber might hire a woman to head the beleaguered company. Among the women under consideration are Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington; ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer; and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.