Dara Khosrowshahi remains mum on Uber job, highlights Expedia growth — Interview

Uber confirms Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi as next chief

An Uber spokesperson said previous year that the company made the change to improve service.

"I have to tell you I am scared".

'I've been here at Expedia for so long that I've forgotten what life is outside of this place'.

But, he continued, "you have to move out of your comfort zone and develop muscles that you didn't know you had". Khosrowshahi's name also remained a well-kept secret during the two months of discussions and deliberations among Uber's board members. In Huffington's last foray in front of Uber's troops, she was on the receiving end of an ill-timed sexist joke from TPG's David Bonderman about women talking too much. Ultimately, the board decided on the third candidate, Khosrowshahi.

Expedia appointed Mark Okerstrom, its CFO since September 2011, as CEO on a permanent basis to replace Dara Khosrowshah, who left to become the boss of Uber.

The first court hearing in the case is slated for Wednesday. Uber had a leadership vacancy because the board forced out founder and CEO Travis Kalanick because of a list of grievances.

At Expedia, Khosrowshahi has been an outspoken chief executive, since 2005.

Travis Kalanick: With a deep passion for team building, Dara grew Expedia into one of the world's most successful travel and technology platforms.

Dara also said he is a believer in "no bullshit" and "complete transparency" according to Amir Efrati of news site The Information. "What got us here is not what's going to get us to the next level".

"We have no indication he is leaving Expedia", said Dave McNamee, a spokesman for Expedia.

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Neither Khosrowshahi nor Uber have commented on the appointment. Fewer than 12 weeks passed from Kalanick's June 20 resignation.

But the hard-charging style that helped Uber succeed also made Kalanick a target for critics.

But if Uber wants to remain a disruptive force in the transportation industry a decade from now, some investors believe it needs a visionary CEO who isn't afraid of taking risks.

There were rumours that Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE, was being considered for the position.

He, however, remains on Uber's board.

But the firm and its board had not spoken publicly on the decision until Tuesday evening Pacific Time, as contract negotiations were ongoing.

Jeffrey Immelt is set to leave General Electric and it has been suggested that he may take the steering wheel of the ride-hailing app.

Mayer was Yahoo's CEO before Verizon completed its acquisition of the company. The startup reported losing $645 million in a single quarter.

"They [Uber] asked what it would take for me to change my mind", Whitman told The Financial Times.

Khosrowshahi will lead Uber's efforts to bring about change to its corporate culture and improve its reputation following claims of sexism, racism and sexual harassment within the company. "This is not something I was looking for", he said. "I think he's a phenomenal leader; Uber is ridiculously interesting".

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