Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What You Need to Know About the New Uber CEO

As I report at EPJ, Dara Khosrowshahi is coming in as CEO of Uber and will be paid upwards of $200 million to do so.

For the record, via The New York Times, here are a few things you should know about Khosrowshahi:

His parents seem to have done well under the Shah when he was in power in Iran:
 His parents, Lili and Gary (short for Asghar) Khosrowshahi, were prosperous members of the Iranian elite in the 1960s and 1970s. Gary was an executive at an industrial conglomerate, where he worked with relatives. They fled as the government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi collapsed.
The family managed to get well connected in the United States:
 Dara’s brother, Kaveh Khosrowshahi, is a managing director at the [powerful, insider] investment firm Allen & Company; another cousin, Farzad “Fuzzy” Khosrowshahi, played a major role in the creation of Google Docs; yet another cousin, Amir Khosrowshahi, is an executive at Intel; and Avid Larizadeh Duggan, also a cousin, is a general partner at Google Ventures.
I'm talking very well connected:
Mr. Khosrowshahi, in addition to running Expedia since 2005, joined the board of The New York Times Company in 2015.
Just saying.


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