Posted on August 30, 2017 by staff

Uber confirms Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO


Dara Khosrowshahi is the new chief executive of Uber following a unanimous vote by the company’s board.

Khosrowshahi, a former CEO of Expedia, replaces Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, who resigned in June.

“I am excited to welcome Dara Khosrowshahi as Uber’s next CEO,” Kalanick said in a statement on Tuesday.

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

“Casting a vote for the next chief executive of Uber was a big moment for me and I couldn’t be happier to pass the torch to such an inspiring leader.”

Kalanick stepped down amid internal pressure related to reports about a sexist culture at Uber.

An email sent out to Uber employees said Khosrowshahi is “the best person to lead Uber into the future” and that his appointment would be a step towards “improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work”.

Khosrowshahi arrived in the US when he was aged nine after his family fled Iran before the Iranian Revolution.

He told Bloomberg News: “Are there difficulties? Are there complexities? Are there challenges? Absolutely, but that’s also what makes it fun.

“I am not in this to coast. I’m in it to get my hands dirty and build a team and do something that people will look back on with tonnes of satisfaction.”