Sandberg, Huffington 'Don't Want Uber Job'

Facebook COO rumored to be board's first choice
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2017 6:55 AM CDT
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks at the American Enterprise Institute.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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(Newser) – Uber is looking for a new CEO, but the company's board may have to get used to disappointment: Sources tell the AP that Sheryl Sandberg, rumored to have been among the leading choices to replace Travis Kalanick, has made it clear that she isn't planning on leaving her role as Facebook's chief operating officer. Uber board member Arianna Huffington also "has no interest in the CEO role," a spokeswoman says. Insiders tell the New York Post that after scandals involving the sexist culture that developed at the company, Uber's board is hoping to find a female CEO and Sandberg is their first choice. "Sheryl is seen as exactly what this company needs right now," one source says.

Sandberg, whose name has come up in connection with other leading tech roles, told Bloomberg just before Kalanick's departure from Uber that the company's crises were "super troubling." The Post's sources say Uber is also considering former Disney operating chief Tom Staggs and has already interviewed him. Other names being floated include former Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, AOL chief Tim Armstrong, and CVS executive vice president Helena Foulkes, according to NBC News. AP floats a few other names, among them YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Kalanick abruptly resigned under pressure from major shareholders Tuesday, though he will remain on the board of the company he co-founded in 2009. (After Kalanick's fall from grace, a lot of people made a Steve Jobs comparison.)

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