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Arora, Mayer in fray for Uber CEO post

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SAN FRANCISCO: Wanted: a seasoned executive to take the top position at a troubled technology startup. Must be willing to fix a broken culture, deal with an aggressive predecessor, battle a risky lawsuit and prepare the company for an initial public offering. Self-starters preferred.

This is essentially the pitch that Uber is making to potential chief executive candidates after Travis Kalanick, the ride-hailing company’s cofounder, was ousted from the top spot last month. By some accounts, the job appears to be a thankless one at a company whose reputation is in the toilet. So who would want it?

Quite a few people, as it turns out.

Despite a series of scandals that have rocked Uber to its core this year, competition for the chief executive position is robust, according to people familiar with the search who asked to remain anonymous because the process is confidential. The company has received a flood of interest since Kalanick vacated his seat in June, and Uber’s board has interviewed multiple candidates.

 For those applicants, the calculus is easy. Despite Uber’s problems, executives see an opportunity to shepherd the company -which operates in more than 80 countries and pulls in billions of dollars each quarter through the most trying time in its eight-year history.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who’s wired for problem solving and wants to make their mark by turning around the image of the company,” said Jason Hanold, managing partner at Hanold Associates, a boutique executive search firm. For now, Uber’s executive search committee, which includes five members of its board, has kept the lid tight on the list of candidates.
Among those up for consideration have been Susan Wojcicki, who leads YouTube. Others include Adam Bain, Twitter’s former chief operating officer; David Cush, a former chief executive at Virgin America; the former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer; and Thomas Staggs, a former chief operating officer at Disney, according to three other people familiar with the search. It was unclear what level of interest, if any, these executives had expressed in the Uber job.
Others, like the former Google sales executive Nikesh Arora, have been quietly advancing themselves for the position, according to two of the people. Bain, Cush, Mayer, Staggs and Arora did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A YouTube spokesman declined to comment about Wojcicki.

 

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