Uber has confirmed Dara Khosrowshahi as it is new Chief Executive Officer. Khosrowshahi who was poached from Expedia Inc will replace Travis Kalanick.

Uber said in a statement: “We are delighted to announce that Uber’s Board has voted unanimously to appoint Dara Khosrowshahi to be our new CEO.

“Dara came to America at nine years old when his family escaped Iran on the eve of the Iranian Revolution. He grew up in Tarrytown, N.Y., trained as an engineer at Brown, and spent many years at IAC serving as Chief Financial Officer and in various operational and strategic roles.

“In 2005, he became CEO of Expedia, which he built into one of the world’s leading travel and technology companies, now operating in more than 60 countries. He has four children and not surprisingly loves to travel, one of his favourite trips being to the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia where his wife Sydney said yes to marrying him.

“We’re really fortunate to gain a leader with Dara’s experience, talent and vision. The Board and the Executive Leadership Team are confident that Dara is the best person to lead Uber into the future building world-class products, transforming cities, and adding value to the lives of drivers and riders around the world while continuously improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work.

-Yasir, Garrett, Matt, Ryan, Arianna, Travis, Wan Ling & David

Khosrowshahi, 48, has been CEO of Expedia for 12 years, during which he turned it into one of the biggest online travel agency in the US.