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Uber's New CEO Speaks Publicly About His Role for the First Time

30 August 2017

Uber's board unanimously voted to hire. Politics. He's been an outspoken critic of President Trump since way before he ever became President.

The company's ride-hailing business has suffered a series of complications - sexual harassment allegations, a slew of firings related to a workplace culture investigation, political pressure, tussles with regulators, a legal battle with Alphabet, alleged distribution of a rape victim's medical records, a report of drug use, unflattering videos and emails from the former CEO, mergers, an exploding vehicle, steep losses and infighting among investors - just to name a few. However, Uber, under Kalanick's leadership, continued operations.

He was up against Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric and one of the finalists for the job, Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, had also been a leading candidate, according to sources close to the process.

Khosrowshahi has served as Expedia's CEO for 12 years, overseeing its acquisition of Orbitz and HomeAway and growing revenues from $2.1bn (£1.6bn) in 2005 to $8.7bn in 2016.

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Kalanick, who turned 41 this month, frequently recounts how the idea behind Uber was born, when he and a colleague were attending a technology conference in Paris in 2008 and failed to find a taxi on a cold night.

He has borne responsibility for allegations of nasty workplace tactics and covert use of law enforcement-evading software.

Uber is turning off a surveillance feature that enabled the ride-hailing company to track customers even after their rides had ended. Insiders believe that Uber needs a chief marketing officer and a powerful brand-building campaign to help turn things around. The appointment will finally fill up the top spot left vacant after the sudden departure of Travis Kalanick in June. The privately held Uber's total number of outstanding shares are worth just under $70 billion, while the total value of Expedia's shares is about $22 billion.

The company's adjusted net loss fell almost 14 percent to $645 million from the same quarter previous year, Uber confirmed. He also must deal with driver discontent, although Uber already has started to fix that by allowing riders to tip drivers through its app. "The President's order represents the worst of his proclivity toward rash action versus thoughtfulness", Khosrowshahi wrote in an email to some Expedia employees in January, according to The Seattle Times. More women then corroborated her claims.

Uber's New CEO Speaks Publicly About His Role for the First Time