During the long process of appointment of new chief executive for Uber, many names were rumored to become the CEO. However, the role went to Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowsashi. Today, the company has officially confirmed his appointment through an email sent to employees, which was later posted in the company’s blog.
The company’s board of directors has announced that it has voted “unanimously” for the appointment of Dara Khosrowsashi as the new chief executive officer.
The new CEO will start his first day at Uber on August 30, when he will be joining an all-hands meeting. Within the next weeks, he will meet with employees “around the world” in smaller groups and spend time with drivers.
In a statement, the board of the company said:
We’re really fortunate to gain a leader with Dara’s experience, talent and vision. 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.
Prior to his appointment as Uber CEO, Khosrowsashi was the CEO of global online travel company Expedia. He was an immigrant who came to the US from Iran when he was nine years old, and later went on to become an engineer at Brown University.
In a separate statement, former Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick — who was ousted from his job by angry shareholders two months ago — congratulated Khosrowshahi. He said:
With a deep passion for team building, Dara grew Expedia into one of the world’s most successful travel and technology platforms. Casting a vote for the new chief executive was a big moment for me and I couldn’t be happier to pass the torch to such an inspiring leader.
In the race for the new chief executive role, he was competing against former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt who announced his withdrawal from the process; and Meg Whitman, CEO of HP Enterprise and former CEO of Ebay.