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Why Meg Whitman Won't Be Uber's Next CEO

Travis Kalanick is plotting a comeback
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2017 5:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Some members of Uber's eight-person board were recently convinced that Meg Whitman would be the perfect candidate to replace co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO, but others—including Kalanick—wanted Kalanick to have the job back. Whitman, former CEO of eBay and current chief of Hewlett-Packard, met with some board members individually in recent weeks, but her candidacy never got as far as a vote because she withdrew from consideration, apparently put off by the amount of infighting within the board, the New York Times reports. "We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere," she tweeted Thursday. "Uber's CEO will not be Meg Whitman."

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According to the Times' sources, the board faction hoping to install Whitman or somebody similar as CEO includes venture capitalist Matt Cohler and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, among others. Kalanick is "plotting a comeback," the sources say, and the alliances of other board members, particularly Arianna Huffington, are unclear. Kalanick stepped down under shareholder pressure more than a month ago. Sources tell Recode that after returning from sailing in Tahiti, he has been meddling in the company's day-to-day affairs. The sources say he has told multiple people, including at least one CEO candidate, that he is "Steve Jobs-ing it," planning a return similar to that of the Apple founder. (Read more Uber stories.)

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