The Uber officially announced late Tuesday evening that Dara Khosrowshahi, who’s the former Expedia CEO for the past 12 years, will be its new CEO.
The ride-hailing giant’s board of directors chose him to replace chief Travis Kalanick earlier this week. In a message to employees, Uber’s senior management confirmed the truth of Khosrowshahi’s appointment.
“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,” the team said in the message sent to employees that was also posted on its website.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal earlier Tuesday, Khosrowshahi said he was still in the process of finalizing his contract with Uber but planned to take the job.
Khosrowshahi himself said, “This has been one of the toughest decisions of my life,” Khosrowshahi wrote in a letter to Expedia staff that was obtained by Recode. “I’ve had the privilege to run Expedia for 12+ years now, and most of you who have been on this journey with me know it has not been easy going.”
He also added, “I have to tell you I am scared. I’ve been here at Expedia for so long that I’ve forgotten what life is like outside this place.”
After that, Arianna Huffington, who’s a member of the company’s board, congratulated Khosrowshahi on Twitter.
Now that his new CEO job is official, Khosrowshahi will greet Uber employees at an all-hands meeting at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday.
You’ll see Uber’s full announcement letter to employees about Khosrowshahi’s hiring below:
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 favorite 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.
Dara will be joining us tomorrow, August 30, for an All Hands. Add your questions for Dara here, and stay tuned for a calendar invite with more details. He’ll also be meeting with employees around the world in smaller groups over the next few weeks, and spending time with drivers.
Please join us in welcoming Dara on what promises to be an exciting ride!
-Yasir, Garrett, Matt, Ryan, Arianna, Travis, Wan Ling & David