June 28, 2017

As Uber Leaders Step Aside, Arianna Huffington’s Influence Grows



Ariana Huffington
By Christopher Michel from San Francisco, USA (Chris Anderson & Ariana Huffington) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In April, Wan Ling Martello, the head of Nestlé in Asia, found herself seated across from Arianna Huffington, an Uber director and a founder of The Huffington Post , at the Union Square Cafe in Manhattan.

Over dinner, the two women — who had met just a few months earlier — chatted about a food recall that Ms. Martello had handled. As Ms. Martello described her salvage and recovery efforts, she said, Ms. Huffington began listening more closely. Ms. Huffington then wondered aloud whether Ms. Martello would be interested in helping Uber, which was dealing with a string of scandals , before whipping out her phone to call people at the ride-hailing company.

Less than two months later, Ms. Martello had joined the board.

“I did not expect to be asked about Uber at that dinner, and I don’t think it was on Arianna’s agenda,” she said. It was only their second meeting. “The whole meeting was casual: Let’s just hang out.’”

Recruiting Ms. Martello is the sort of swift, behind-the-scenes power play that has propelled Ms. Huffington to become Uber’s most influential independent board member. In the 14 months since she joined the board , Ms. Huffington has acted […]

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