Uber’s board has selected Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of Expedia, to serve as its new chief executive, according to two people familiar with the decision, as the troubled Silicon Valley company looks to turn over a new leaf.
The decision comes after nearly two months of infighting, leaks and divisions on Uber’s eight-person board, which has struggled to unite after former chief executive Travis Kalanick was ousted by investors in June, leaving the board running the company.
Mr Khosrowshahi has been chief executive of Expedia for more than a decade, leading the company through a period of double-digit revenue growth at a time when the travel industry is being disrupted by upstarts such as Airbnb.
His task at Uber will be to restore the image of a company that has been badly damaged by a series of crises, including a lawsuit in which Benchmark, a major shareholder, is accusing Mr Kalanick of fraud and attempting to remove him from the board. Mr Kalanick denies those allegations.
Uber declined to comment on Mr Khosrowshahi’s appointment.
Earlier in the day, an Uber spokesman said: “The board has voted and will announce the decision to the employees first.”
Mr Khosrowshahi could not immediately be reached.
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