The search for a new boss by Uber seems to have ended as the ride-hailing startup has appointed Expedia head, Dara Khosrowshahi, as its new CEO according to reports.

Uber has been without a CEO since founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick resigned in June after his ouster. He remains on Uber’s board.

The appointment of Khosrowshahi comes as a surprise because he was not among those reported to have been in the running for the position. The short list included Jeff Immelt, the former CEO of General Electric, and Meg Whitman, the head of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Mr Khosrowshahi who became the CEO of Expedia in 2005 has not publicly confirmed if he will accept the job.

Khosrowshahi, 48, would take on the monumental task of repairing Uber’s image, difficult relationship with investors, rebuilding employee morale and creating a profitable business after seven years of losses.

About Dara Khosrowshahi

  • Born in Tehran in 1969
  • Family moved to the US after Iranian revolution of the late-1970s
  • Been chief executive of Expedia since 2005
  • Also been on board of New York Times since 2015