Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, an early Uber investor who has advised the embattled ride sharing company in the wake of a sexual harassment controversy, has not interviewed with Uber for the CEO job, according to a high-level source close to Whitman.
"Meg has a relationship with Uber and has given the company advice because she has an interest in their success," said a source close the HPE CEO. "Some of the speculation [on Whitman potentially becoming Uber CEO] has to do with people seeing Meg going into the company. She is not going in there because she is interviewing for a job. Uber has not asked her to be a CEO, and there has been no discussion about her being CEO. That is not a conversation she has had with Uber."
That said, given Whitman's success in the turnaround of HPE and her status as one of the top executives in Silicon Valley, it is not surprising that Uber would consider her for the CEO job, said the source. "Would it be surprising if Uber had a list of ideal candidates for the job and she was on the list? No," said the source.
Both Bloomberg and Recode have reported that Whitman is on a "short list" for the Uber CEO job.
Bloomberg reported that Uber has a short list of fewer than six CEO candidates with Whitman on the list, according to two employees, who attended a staff meeting where the plans were discussed.
In response to the Bloomberg and Recode reports, an HPE spokesperson said: "As Meg has said several times before, she is fully committed to HPE and plans to stay with the company until her work is done."
CRN reached out to Uber but did not receive a reply as of press time.
Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who remains on the company's board of directors, resigned as CEO in June in the wake of pressure from investors. Uber has been sharply criticized for what some former employees have labeled sexual harassment at the company.
The reports that Whitman is on the short list for the Uber CEO job come just five weeks after she promoted HPE Executive Vice President Antonio Neri – the principal architect behind the company's software-defined hybrid IT buildout – to president.
Whitman is coming up on her six-year anniversary overseeing the massive turnaround of the once-battered Silicon Valley crown jewel.