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."
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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