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GE’s Jeff Immelt Could Be the Next CEO of Uber

He's reportedly on a shortlist of candidates.
Jeff Immelt

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GE head Jeffrey Immelt is on the shortlist to be Uber’s next CEO, Bloomberg reports. Immelt is leaving Boston-headquartered General Electric in August after a 16-year tenure, but it looks like he may end up switching straight from one powerful company to another.

Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and former CEO resigned in June after pressure from shareholders as the company is looking for new leadership aftetr a string of controversies that raised questions about Uber’s company culture and Kalanick’s behavior. 

Bloomberg says Uber will fill its CEO position within six weeks. Uber and GE have declined to comment on the rumors.

Also on the list for the CEO spot was Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She stated on Twitter that she would not be leading Uber, according to the New York Times.

“I am fully committed to H.P.E. and plan to remain the company’s C.E.O. We have a lot of work still to do at H.P.E. and I am not going anywhere.” Whitman said.

A sub-committee including ex-CEO Kalanick has been overseeing the appointment, according to Bloomberg. The candidate list is said to contain fewer than six names.


Eesha Pendharkar Eesha Pendharkar, Editorial Intern, Boston Magazine ependharkar@bostonmagazine.com