Dara Khosrowshahi hasn’t formally accepted Uber’s offer to be its next CEO, but based on his recent Twitter posts, it looks like he will soon.
Khosrowshahi, who is currently the CEO of Expedia, isn’t typically active on Twitter. But in the past two days he’s gone on something of a spree on the site, liking numerous tweets from people congratulating him on the his prospective new role. The congrats come from people including Spencer Rascoff, CEO of the Zillow Group, and Sam Shank, CEO of Hotel Tonight.
Khosrowshahi’s last actual tweet was a comment he made on August 15 about a New York Times piece concerning Donald Trump. Earlier in the month he tweeted what looks like a vacation photo from Whidbey Island in Washington.
Uber picked Khosrowshahi to be its next CEO on Sunday. Until that point, few knew he was even in the running with the top two candidates, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman and former GE CEO Jeff Immelt.
Although Khosrowshahi hasn’t formally taken the job, he’s widely expected to do so. In a note to Expedia employees, Barry Diller, the travel company’s chairman, said he believed Khosrowshahi intended to accept the job.
If and when he does formally accept, Khosrowshahi will be tasked with bringing Uber back from the brink of its public meltdown, attempting to bring peace to its warring board, and keeping its core business running.
Khosrowshahi could be the right guy for the job, if his tenure at Expedia is any indication. Under his leadership, Expedia’s revenues grew from $US2.1 billion in 2005 to $US8.7 billion in 2016, and the company became the biggest online travel agency in the US by snatching up rivals Orbitz, HomeAway, Travelocity, and Hotels.com.
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