New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi meets employees today

It’s official. On Tuesday evening Uber confirmed what most tech industry watchers have known since Sunday — that Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will be the ride-hailing company’s new chief executive.

Khosrowshahi is set to greet Uber employees at an “all hands” meeting Wednesday, Uber’s board wrote in an email sent to workers and also shared on the company’s website. After that, he’ll get together with employees around the world in smaller groups over the next few weeks. And he’ll spend time meeting with drivers.

Uber’s board voted to offer the job to Khosrowshahi on Sunday, and news of the decision leaked immediately. But Uber had remained quiet on the subject until late Tuesday.

Once Uber broke its silence, support for the new CEO began pouring in.

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Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted from the CEO role in June, said he’s excited to welcome Khosrowshahi.

“With a deep passion for team building, Dara grew Expedia into one of the world’s most successful travel and technology platforms,” Kalanick wrote in an emailed statement. “Casting a vote for the next chief executive of Uber was a big moment for me and I couldn’t be happier to pass the torch to such an inspiring leader.”

Benchmark, one of Uber’s most prominent investors, tweeted: “We’ve been admirers of the work and character of (Khosrowshahi) for years, and are thrilled to have him leading Uber 2.0.” Benchmark, which played a key role in the CEO search process, is currently locked in a contentious legal battle with Kalanick.

Ryan Graves, an early employee and Uber board member, also commended the hire. “So excited to work with (Khosrowshahi), and super pumped for Uber’s road ahead!” he tweeted.

In its email to employees, Uber’s board highlighted Khosrowshahi’s experience building Expedia into a leading travel company now operating in more than 60 countries.

“We’re really fortunate to gain a leader with Dara’s experience, talent and vision,” Uber’s board wrote. “The Board and the Executive Leadership Team are confident that Dara is the best person to lead Uber into the future building world-class products, transforming cities, and adding value to the lives of drivers and riders around the world while continuously improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work.”

Photo: A woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco in 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)




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  • hoapres

    A company that is worth over $15 Billion dollars but never posted a profit.