Dara Khosrowshahi hasn’t formally accepted Uber’s offer to be its
next CEO, but based on his recent Twitter posts, it looks
like he will soon.
Khosrowshahi, who is currently the CEO of Expedia, isn’t
typically active on Twitter. But in the past two days he’s gone
on something of a spree on the site, liking numerous tweets from
people congratulating him on the his prospective new role. The
congrats come from people including Spencer Rascoff, CEO of
the Zillow Group, and Sam Shank, CEO of Hotel Tonight.
Very happy to see such a great leader likely to take the helm of one of the most important companies of this century. Congrats, @dkhos!
— Sam Shank (@samshank) August 28, 2017
— Spencer Rascoff (@spencerrascoff) August 28, 2017
Khosrowshahi’s last actual tweet was a comment he made
on August 15 about a New York Times piece concerning Donald
Trump. Earlier in the month he tweeted what looks like a
vacation photo from Whidbey Island in Washington.
Uber picked Khosrowshahi to be its next CEO on Sunday. Until
that point, few knew he was even in the running with the top two
candidates, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman and former
GE CEO Jeff Immelt.
Although Khosrowshahi hasn’t formally taken the job, he’s widely
expected to do so. In a note to Expedia employees, Barry
Diller, the travel company’s chairman, said he
believed Khosrowshahi intended to accept the job.
If and when he does formally accept, Khosrowshahi will be tasked
with bringing Uber back from the brink of its public meltdown,
attempting to bring peace to its warring board, and keeping
its core business running.
Khosrowshahi could be the
right guy for the job, if his tenure at Expedia is any
indication. Under his leadership, Expedia’s revenues grew from
$2.1 billion in 2005 to
$8.7 billion in 2016, and the company became the biggest
online travel agency in the US by snatching up rivals
Orbitz, HomeAway, Travelocity, and Hotels.com.