HPE CEO Meg Whitman is being considered for the top job at Uber, according to Bloomberg.

Scott Ferguson, Managing Editor, Light Reading

July 26, 2017

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HPE's Meg Whitman Considered for Uber CEO – Report

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) CEO Meg Whitman is one of several candidates being considered for the top job at Uber, following the resignation of company founder Travis Kalanick, according to a report published in Bloomberg.

Of the six candidates that Uber is considering for CEO, only Whitman's name has leaked out so far. The ride-sharing company is expected to name its new leader by September, although several other top posts also remain vacant, according to the report.

Whitman has been meeting with Uber officials as they consider the CEO's job. In addition to her leadership role at HPE, Whitman has been the CEO of eBay and ran for governor in California as a Republican.

An HPE spokesman told Bloomberg that Whitman is "fully committed to HPE and plans to stay with the company until her work is done."

Figure 1: HPE's Meg Whitman speaking at an event. (Source: ECN) HPE's Meg Whitman speaking at an event.
(Source: ECN)

That work includes spinning out HPE's services division to Computer Science Corp., as well as selling software assets to SUSE. Another part of the software division is being sold to Micro Focus later this summer. (See HPE Goes All in With Hybrid IT.)

What could also be adding fuel to the speculation that Whitman will leave is that she stepped down from her duties as president of HPE a few week ago. Antonio Neri, a 20-year company veteran, is now in that role. (See HPE Appoints Antonio Neri as President.)

Founded in 2009 by Kalanick, Uber is valued at about $70 billion but the company has been beleaguered by scandals large and small, including claims of sexual harassment of employees and controversy over how drivers are paid. The appointment of a Silicon Valley veteran such as Whitman could help doctor Uber's image and bring a sense of stability to the company. (See Kalanick Steps Down as Uber CEO.)

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Scott Ferguson

Managing Editor, Light Reading

Prior to joining Enterprise Cloud News, he was director of audience development for InformationWeek, where he oversaw the publications' newsletters, editorial content, email and content marketing initiatives. Before that, he served as editor-in-chief of eWEEK, overseeing both the website and the print edition of the magazine. For more than a decade, Scott has covered the IT enterprise industry with a focus on cloud computing, datacenter technologies, virtualization, IoT and microprocessors, as well as PCs and mobile. Before covering tech, he was a staff writer at the Asbury Park Press and the Herald News, both located in New Jersey. Scott has degrees in journalism and history from William Paterson University, and is based in Greater New York.

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