The man who was just offered the CEO post at Uber is a frequent critic of President Trump.
“I keep waiting for the moment when our Prez will rise to the expectations of his office and he fails, repeatedly,” Dara Khosrowshahi said in a tweet on August 15.
The tweet also contains a link to this piece in the New York Times, which explains why it’s dangerous to equate anti-fascist protest groups (“alt-left”) with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members.
Khosrowshahi is an Iranian-born US citizen who spent the last 12 years running Expedia, the online travel agency used by millions of people around the world. He was offered the CEO position at Uber late Sunday night after the company’s board voted to choose him over the weekend; he has yet to accept the job, we’re told. If he does accept the job at Uber, he could follow in former CEO Travis Kalanick’s footsteps and choose to abstain from working with the Trump administration.
Though Khorsrowshahi moved to the US as a child, he’s an immigrant who reached the highest levels of business; it’s not surprising that he has strong feelings about Trump’s policies on immigration, or about Trump’s response to the horrific events in Charlottesville.
He’s even been personally affected by nationality-based immigration policies. Khosrowshahi told Bloomberg in a “How did I get here?” profile, “My father had to go back to Iran to take care of his father when I was 13 and was detained for six years before returning. My mum was raising three kids without a dad.”
In addition to his role at Expedia, Khosrowshahi also serves on the board of The New York Times. Uber has yet to officially announce the job offer, nor has Khosrowshahi publicly commented.