Uber’s search for a female CEO has not been going well…
The year of 2017 has been a rough one for Uber, thee company has been trying to shake off allegations of sexism as well as finding a new Chief Executive.
After the resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick the company vowed to hire a female CEO. In the hopes of restoring some of their damaged reputation. As well as to prove they weren’t ‘sexist’.
A search across the United States began, however the short list has now been created and the number of females on that list is zero.
Some high-profile CEO candidates included- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Susan Wojcicki chief of YouTube and General Motors chief executive Mary Barra. However, all of them declined.
The decision for the company to search for a female CEO has been seen as an attempt to claw back credibility and win favour. A 2013 study showed that women and non-white men tend to be promoted to CEO when the companies are nose-diving. The study states that women are often called in to do ‘clean up’ jobs or ‘fix’ the company. Which could be one reason why many business women were reluctant to take on the role.
So while the new CEO of Uber is yet to be named it looks as though the company has abandoned its search for a female CEO.