Immediately following Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation, market observers began speculating about who could lead the embattled ride-hailing startup. Some rumored candidates include Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Ford’s Mark Fields, and GE’s Jeff Immelt.
But if you look closely, Arianna Huffington seems like a pretty good successor.
Although it might sound like a long shot (she just launched her wellness company, Thrive Global , seven months ago), it’s not quite so surprising given her growing influence at Uber. Huffington joined Uber’s board in April 2016, and the company welcomed her by publishing a blog post and a heartwarming video in which Kalanick calls her his “inspiration.”
She took a more active role this year following a series of scandals, including sexual harassment allegations , a video of Kalanick berating a driver , and a passenger boycott promoted on social media. In the last few months, Huffington’s power and influence at the tech giant has grown. Once the sexual harassment claims came out, she spoke with hundreds of women at the company, became the chair of a special committee receiving weekly updates on Eric Holder’s internal investigation, and began acting as the the public voice of the company.
As multiple Uber executives […]