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WATCH: Could choosing a woman CEO help Uber get back on its feet?
BARELY hours after Uber’s embattled CEO Travis Kalanick announced he was stepping down from his position due to pressure from investors, whispers began travelling around the Internet about who would replace him.
Some pundits are speculating that Uber’s board of directors are even considering appointing a female CEO – this could be a good idea, considering the allegations and rumors of sexual harassment that have plagued the company this past year.
The appointment of a woman as CEO would be a huge step forward to addressing Uber’s “bro culture”, which has been heavily criticized. In just this month, two executives left the company – one was fired and the other resigned – due to scandals relating to the company’s perceived toxic culture.
The women on everybody’s shortlist for potential CEO of Uber includes current board member Arianna Huffington, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and former Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer.
Sandberg is reportedly a favorite among board members, as she was able to rehabilitate Facebook’s own “bro culture” reputation. Even Huffington is reportedly rooting for Sandberg’s appointment, according to the New York Post, who quoted a source close to the board.
However, this seems unlikely as some sources have said Sandberg is not looking to leave her very successful post at Facebook.
Let me just stop the speculation on Uber CEO: Sources close to @sherylsandberg say she's staying at Facebook. Ok people, move along.
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) June 21, 2017
Mayer’s name has also emerged as a potential replacement for Kalanick, as Verizon has completed its drawn-out acquisition of Yahoo. But Mayer could be a problematic choice – she, along with other female executives at Yahoo, were sued for gender discrimination against men in October 2016.
Mercury News reported that the lawsuit said: “Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of (an employee performance-rating system) to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees.”
Furthermore, Mayer’s tenure at Yahoo could not be characterized as altogether successful.
The question of who will take Kalanick’s place still hangs in the balance, but the company will likely have to make a decision soon.