HPE's Meg Whitman Says No to Uber
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.)
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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— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.