News & Insights
for Business Leaders
Uber hire Executive Search firm to help in COO search

Uber hire Executive Search firm to help in COO search

Executive Grapevine | Executive Grapevine International Ltd

Executive Search firm Heidrick & Struggles have been hired by Uber, as CEO Travis Kalanick steps up his search for a COO – Business Insider reports.

Under fire for a series of public scandals, including accusations of unchecked sexual harassment, rampant self-interest and careerism from bosses, as well as accusations of capitalising on Trump’s first immigration travel ban for profit, Kalanick has moved after a week of rumours that he was considering employing a second-in-command.

To combat this growing list of indiscretions, CEO Travis Kalanick, who has the run the company since its inception, has employed the worldwide executive search firm to find a leader to work alongside him.

The incoming COO will work alongside Kalanick as he attempts to steer criticism away from the firm and improve a company culture which has experienced ongoing scrutiny.

An Uber spokesperson however would not clarify whether the company was looking internally for the role as well, and only said the company is looking for the best candidate.

In 2001, they helped Google place Eric Schmidt as CEO, at an important juncture in the company’s history.

They also advised Microsoft in their search for a CEO, which lead to Satya Nadella taking the position in 2014.

Kalanick has so far only said that he’s looking “for a peer who can partner with me to write the next chapter in our journey.”