He had been competing for the job with another unnamed candidate (who I am beginning to believe does not exist), as well as the recent re-entry of Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman to the process.
Immelt has been the choice of ousted CEO Travis Kalanick, whom he thanked in his tweet along with Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and early company exec Ryan Graves.
Most of all, sources said that Immelt was put off by recent legal attacks by major Uber investor Benchmark on Kalanick and felt the famous Silicon Valley venture firm had become a “destructive” influence on the process.
But a large group on the board — including Benchmark’s Matt Cohler and Graves — now appear to be favoring Whitman and are trying to cobble together an offer to get her back, which might have caused Immelt to depart the competition before he was not chosen.
In other words, while some sources close to board say the Uber Ceo search remains a two-way race now, Whitman pretty much has the directors over a barrel.
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