It seemed like it could be a perfect match, but Meg Whitman says she won’t run Uber.
Despite much speculation, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE, Tech30) CEO halted the rumor mill when she tweeted late Thursday night that she would stay put at the company she created two years ago.
“Normally I do not comment on rumors, but the speculation about my future and Uber has become a distraction,” Whitman said. “So let me make this as clear as I can. I am fully committed to HPE and plan to remain the company’s CEO. We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere. Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman.”
Uber has a sexual harassment problem, a leadership vacuum, labor woes and faces political strife, all of which have led to a severe public relations problem. After her decade running eBay, her narrow loss in the 2008 California gubernatorial race and her transformation of Hewlett-Packard, Whitman seemingly had all the necessary chops to turn around Uber.