GE CEO Immelt In Running for Uber Leadership Role

  • GE CEO Immelt In Running for Uber Leadership Role

GE CEO Immelt In Running for Uber Leadership Role

As Uber Technologies Inc. searches for its next chief executive, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Executive Meg Whitman wants to make clear that it won't be her. Just hours after announcing she had quit HP Inc.'s board, Whitman took to Twitter and firmly denied any interest in joining Uber, saying she's quite happy where she is.

But with revenues dropping 13 per cent in its most recent quarter, HPE is not without its challenges, and Whitman clearly believes she has unfinished business at the NYSE-listed vendor.

CEO, Meg Whitman, has spoken out to quash rumours that she could be in line to head up troubled ridesharing company, Uber, confirming her continued commitment to HPE.

Uber's founder Travis Kalanick resigned from the company in June on the request of shareholders after a plethora of scandals about harassment and discrimination at the company mounted up. Speculation increased after she stepped down as chairwoman of HP Inc.

The San Francisco company has a short list of fewer than six CEO candidates, according to two employees, who attended a staff meeting where the plans were discussed.

However, Whitman put a positive spin on the results saying that the quartely decline was in line with the company's forecast and is all part of the larger future strategy.

Immelt had last month said that he was stepping down as chairman and CEO of GE after 16 years.

Meg Whitman, 60, (left) has emerged as the front-runner in Uber's race to find a new CEO before Labor Day to replace Travis Kalanick (right).

Jeffrey Immelt, the outgoing chief executive officer at General Electric Co. It suggests that Whitman is a candidate for the Uber CEO job, which is expected to be filled by September 2017. Uber's five-member search committee is believed to have had "active discussions" with him already.

San Francisco-based Uber was valued at almost $70 billion following a fundraising round about a year ago, making it the most world's most valuable private company, and has raised about $15 billion in venture and debt financing.