GE’s Jeffrey Immelt Is Said to Be on Uber CEO Shortlist

Jeffrey Immelt, the outgoing chief executive officer at General Electric Co., is on a narrowing list of candidates to take over as head of Uber Technologies Inc., two people familiar with the matter said.

There are fewer than six names on the ride-hailing company’s shortlist, Uber’s head of human resources told employees on Tuesday. Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., is another candidate for the CEO job, Bloomberg reported this week.

Uber and GE declined to comment. An HPE spokesman has said Whitman would stay at the company until her work is done.

Uber is searching for seasoned executives to fill the leadership vacuum left by last month’s departure of co-founder Travis Kalanick and restore confidence in the business after months of controversy. Kalanick was ousted under pressure from some of the company’s major investors.

Immelt said last month he was stepping down as chairman and CEO of GE after a tumultuous 16-year tenure. John Flannery, a 30-year company veteran who oversees the health unit, will become CEO of the manufacturing giant.

Uber’s board is meeting today, though a decision on the next CEO is not expected, one of the people said. The San Francisco-based company hopes to name a CEO by early September.

on this story: Eric Newcomer

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