The low-profile CEO of travel booking company Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi, who was approached by the troubled ride-hailing service provider company Uber to take up the responsibility of the CEO of the company, has accepted the job offer on Tuesday.
The board of Uber confirmed Khosrowshahi's appointment via a mail sent to all the employees of the company two days after offering him the job. The email read, "We're really fortunate to gain a leader with Dara's experience, talent and vision. The board and the executive leadership team are confident that Dara is the best person to lead Uber into the future building world-class products, transforming cities, and adding value to the lives of drivers and riders around the world while continuously improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work."
Dara Khosrowshahi is scheduled to meet the Uber employees on Wednesday during the all-hands meeting, informed the mail, reported LA Times.
Khosrowshahi's appointment finally ends the Uber board's search for a leader to replace the previous CEO of the company Travis Kalanick, who resigned following a lot of controversies and under lots of pressure from the board.
As per the publication, although, Khosrowshahi was not even enlisted as the short-listed contenders for the job, experts business experts and industry peers believe that Khosrowshahi's 12 years experience of leading Expedia, and his time before that as CFO of the Barry Diller's media conglomerate IAC, makes him an apt choice for the given responsibility.
"He's adult enough to face the cultural issues at Uber, and he's not stodgy or from a legacy technology company/. Dara has turned Expedia from a travel agency into a digital powerhouse. He's made outstanding acquisitions at Expedia, which I think will be a big part of Uber's future," remarked a travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research, Henry Harteveldt, who has followed Khosrowshahi's career at Expedia, reported LA Times.