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Arianna Huffington pushing for Sheryl Sandberg to become Uber's next CEO

26 June 2017

That's a lot for potential candidates to consider.

With Travis Kalanick's resignation as chief executive of Uber, the company's board is now tasked with finding a new leader to help the company turn the page after a scandal-fueled 2017.

Travis Kalanick, the combative and troubled CEO of ride-hailing giant Uber, resigned under pressure from investors.

Some experts believe Uber will look for an outsider with turnaround experience.

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On Tuesday, Uber embarked on a 180-day programme to change its image by allowing riders to give drivers tips through the Uber app, something the company had resisted under Kalanick.

"I would like to know who's heading the search and how much independence they'll have and how much veto power Travis will have", Harvard's Kanter says. The company began searching for a chief operating officer. The person requested anonymity because Sandberg's decision is considered a personnel matter. Uber is now in the process of searching to fill the roles of CEO, CFO, COO, president, and senior vice president of business. "It's going to be a challenge for Uber", he said.

The CEO's departure comes after a lengthy investigation led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder, which concluded that Kalanick's authority should be reduced and that board oversight and independence should increase.

Indeed, the idea that Uber simply needs to replace Kalanick with someone who has experience running a large technology company may not be sufficient for a business that has yet to become profitable and is facing stepped-up competition from rivals such as Lyft Inc. He could now be among those considered for CEO.

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Among those mentioned by analysts as possible successors are former Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Virgin America CEO David Cush. Cush did not stay after the sale closed.

These departures make it hard to roll out PR and business efforts, which most recently include Uber's 180-day plan to answer driver requests. He will remain on the board.

The report also claims that Staggs had interviewed for the job even before Kalanick called it quits. In a blog post this week, Camp said Uber had gotten obsessed with growth and wasn't listening to employees and, especially, drivers. "I think he has another 20, 30 years ahead of him as founder, and I think the company can grow 10x from here, 20x from here".

Rachel Holt, a fast-rising executive who heads Uber's North American operations, could be in the running.

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Arianna Huffington pushing for Sheryl Sandberg to become Uber's next CEO