The search for a new COO at Uber is going to be one of the more high profile engagements completed this year, I suspect. As the article suggests, the current CEO - Travis Kalanick - is likely to stay with distance at the San Francisco based firm, but perceptions of the start up could change significantly based on this hire. Will Heidrick be able to find a candidate strong enough to take the role yet willing to be a number 2? No doubt it will be all over the press for the next couple of months as they find out!
In a very practical sense, the San Francisco start-up is looking for that rare C-suite executive who will be able to reassure employees that a new course is being set for Uber’s corporate culture, as well as revive investor and consumer enthusiasm about the nearly $70 billion ride-hailing giant.