Although there has been speculation surrounding Meg Whitman and her new potential role as Uber’s new CEO, the current Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO has denied all reports and downplays the rumors of her departure from HPE.
Uber has been under fire recently for its treatment of women, sexual harassment claims, and issues regarding the company’s leadership. Former CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from his position a month ago after an ongoing investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder into the company’s “leadership and culture.” Kalanick wasn’t the only one to depart as three other high-ranked executives also followed his footsteps and departed the company.
If anyone could turn around Uber’s misfortune, it could b Whitman as she has shown her expertise during her 10-year tenure with eBay and also her dramatic transformation of Hewlett-Packard.
Bloomberg reports that Whitman did meet with Uber’s board last week, and it was also reported that Uber had Whitman at the top of their short list of obtaining a new potential CEO. Speculation arose when Whitman stepped down as chair of Hewlett-Packard’s HPQ board, and spectators assumed that she was prepared to make the jump to Uber. However, in a 3-part tweet, she addressed those rumors by stating the following:
“Normally I do not comment on rumors, but the speculation about my future and Uber has become a distraction. So let me make this as clear as I can. I am fully committed to HPE and plan to remain the company’s CEO. We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere. Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman.”
In order for Uber to move on from its past mistakes, it will need a CEO that is influential and willing to work diligently to change the company’s image. The question remains: who will that person be?