To say Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman has the board of Uber over a barrel now that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt pulled out of its highly dysfunctional CEO search effort this morning is perhaps too much.
Let’s just say then that she’s driving the car, deciding on the route and not paying for the gas. This, even though she has not formally presented her vision to the board or even re-entered the process.
While sources close to the board insist that the race remains a two-way one — there is apparently another candidate who remains unnamed — others think Whitman is now in a pole position to extract a lot from Uber’s directors.
That’s even though she had publicly said she did not want the job two weeks ago in a tweet and in an interview. She had initially very much wanted the job and Uber was very much interested in her, especially because it has wanted to appoint a female CEO too.
originally posted by–https://www.recode.net/2017/8/27/16211424/whitman-uber-ceo-kalanick-limited-founder-role