Meg Whitman says she has no Uber plans to vacate helm of HPE

28 Jul 2017

HPE CEO Meg Whitman. Image: Eugene Berman/Shutterstock

She is repeating herself loud and clear: Whitman is not going to Uber.

The CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Meg Whitman, has taken to Twitter to make it clear she is not taking the CEO job at Uber.

“Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman,” she tweeted.

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OK. She probably cannot be any more emphatic.

Both Bloomberg and Recode had reported that Whitman was on the list for the CEO spot at scandal-ridden Uber.

Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned from the company in June at the request of shareholders after a plethora of scandals about harassment and discrimination at Uber mounted up.

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Speculation over Whitman taking the Uber role grew after it emerged she would be stepping down from HP’s board.

The HP companies split into two separate organisations focused on consumer and enterprise, respectively, at the end of 2015.

Whitman has been CEO at HP since 2011. Prior to her run for the governorship of California, she had been a celebrated CEO at eBay.

Meanwhile, further rumours around who is going to be the next CEO of Uber, the company that upended the global taxi industry, continue to swirl.

Bloomberg has reported that the outgoing CEO at General Electric, Jeffrey Immelt, is on a narrowing list of candidates for the driving seat at Uber.

The final list is understood to contain no more than six names. Uber plans to announce its new CEO in September.

HPE CEO Meg Whitman. Image: Eugene Berman/Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years