Dara Khosrowshahi — the 48-year-old Iranian immigrant who helped build former Microsoft subsidiary Expedia into a travel industry powerhouse that encompasses the Orbitz, Travelocity and Hotwire brands — was tapped last week to succeed firebrand Travis Kalanick as CEO of Uber and bring stability to a transportation company rocked by a string of scandals.
In a contentious boardroom fight, Khosrowshahi prevailed over two other prominent candidates: Meg Whitman, the pioneering former eBay CEO, and Jeff Immelt, ex-chief at General Electric, both of whom were put off by board infighting over Kalanick's role with the company, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Here's what people who know Khosrowshahi say about him and his appointment:
"Dara is a very focused, disciplined adult. He's not a tech bro." -- Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst, Atmosphere Research Group
"He's the real deal. He's not bigger than life in terms of his public appearance or public personality. He's bigger than life in terms of culture and values." -- Woody Marshall, general partner, venture-capital firm TCV
"He has super high integrity and is a phenomenal leader — the kind of leader whom people would follow into a burning building." -- Burke Norton, chief legal officer at Salesforce and former general counsel at Expedia
"A great strategic thinker and a no-nonsense leader." -- Former Priceline CFO Robert Mylod
"He's devoted 12 great years to building this company, and if this is what he wants for his next adventure, it will be with my best wishes." -- Barry Diller, chairman of Expedia and of Internet media giant IAC
"He understands competitive dynamics, geopolitical challenges and the operating challenges of running a sprawling global travel company." -- Brad Gerstner, founder of Altimeter Capital, investor in Uber and Expedia