HPE's Meg Whitman Says No to Uber

Scott Ferguson
7/28/2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is saying "thanks, but no thanks" to the top job at Uber.

Following a week of speculation about her future, Whitman wrote a short post on LinkedIn on Thursday stating she would not leave HPE to become CEO of Uber.

Normally I do not comment on rumors, but the speculation about my future and Uber has become a distraction. So let me make this as clear as I can. I am fully committed to HPE and plan to remain the company's CEO. We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere. Uber's CEO will not be Meg Whitman.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Whitman was one of six candidates being considered for the CEO position at Uber. The ride-sharing company is in the process of replacing Travis Kalanick, who resigned following a number of scandals, including charges of female employees being sexually harassed. (See HPE's Meg Whitman Considered for Uber CEO – Report.)

No Whitman for you
(Source: ECN)
No Whitman for you
(Source: ECN)

Uber plans to name a new CEO by September. A number of other top leadership positions also remain open.

Adding some fuel to the speculation around Whitman was that she recently stepped down from her role as president of HPE, and she also left the board of directors for HP Inc. this week. The two companies split two years ago with HPE handling the enterprise side of the business, while HP Inc. focuses on PCs and printers. (See HPE Appoints Antonio Neri as President.)

With Whitman now officially out of the running, the rumor mill has turned its attention to outgoing GE CEO Jeff Immelt.


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Michelle
Michelle
8/14/2017 | 11:13:17 PM
Re: roll-up
I hadn't thought of that angle. You're right! There will be much work still to do before autonomous cars are on the road for ALL.
kq4ym
kq4ym
8/14/2017 | 6:18:21 PM
Re: roll-up
The lawyers will have a field day putting together all the fine print for seller, buyers, users, insurance companies and everyone involved in autonomous vehicles. Not to mention the law makers who will certainly be kept busy revising auto vehicle laws state by state to accomodate the new mode of travel. It will be interesting to see just how long it will take to see those vehicles commonly on the highway.
mhhfive
mhhfive
8/3/2017 | 12:19:16 AM
Re: roll-up
Exactly. Lyft might even beat Uber to the punch by making its policies more friendly and safe for everyone involved. Then cab companies will have to adapt or die.
maryam@impact
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8/2/2017 | 11:42:28 PM
Re: roll-up
I still think it will be a long time before I see a fully autonomous vehicle or a robot driven car but I do think we are getting close and driving will evolve as so many human skills have through the tech evolution.
maryam@impact
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8/2/2017 | 11:34:28 PM
Re: roll-up
mbhive eventually that will be the case and largely due to the price they can't compete because the rules have changed their operating models are high cost and Uber undercut them at every turn. Eventually Uber will address its safety issues which is the biggest reason most people won't use them in my area.
Michelle
Michelle
8/2/2017 | 4:26:05 PM
Re: roll-up
I agree. They will absolutely go away if they can't adapt to the market in some way. I do think we're still quite far away from driverless cars. There's still a lot infrastructure and plenty of ethical issues still left to solve.
mhhfive
mhhfive
8/2/2017 | 1:20:29 PM
Re: roll-up
I think Uber and Lyft (and others) are on the same page -- and don't necessarily need to merge to gain more clout. And acquiring other kinds of car services seems like an inefficient use of funds for Uber. I think if Uber invests more in making their service anodyne -- the regulatory risks fall away on their own. The complaints that drivers need to be screened more carefully can be done with self-imposed requirements. And the insurance requirements can be handled with a self-imposed policy as well. 
JohnMason
JohnMason
8/2/2017 | 1:16:30 PM
Re: roll-up
Plus, a roll-up can squeeze the competition by minimizing their regulatory clout.
JohnMason
JohnMason
8/2/2017 | 1:14:55 PM
Re: roll-up
"I'm not sure what Uber can do about its regulatory risk -- short of lobbying every city, state, country and jurisdiction it operates in"

Lobbying is easier the more clout you have. Clout goes up, in every jurisdiction, in a roll-up.
mhhfive
mhhfive
8/2/2017 | 1:11:36 PM
Re: roll-up
> "I would rank regulatory risk as the number one looming risk, and competition as the number one current risk, with labor next, and technology after that."

I'd agree, but I'm not sure what Uber can do about its regulatory risk -- short of lobbying every city, state, country and jurisdiction it operates in. It's already done a bit of it -- using its customers and drivers as a proxy for its interests. At the end of the day, Uber needs to have some systems put in place to filter out the bad actors in its network, and customer experiences will improve and the only ones left complaining will be the taxi cab companies.

 
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