Uber Appoints Iranian-born CEO

By John Lee.

Uber’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint Iranian-born Dara Khosrowshahi to be the company’s new CEO.

According to a company statement, Dara came to America at nine years old when his family escaped Iran on the eve of the Iranian Revolution.

Media sources say his father had to go back to Iran to take care of the children’s ailing grandfather, and was detained for six years before being able to return.

Dara grew up in Tarrytown, N.Y., trained as an engineer at Brown, and spent many years at IAC serving as Chief Financial Officer and in various operational and strategic roles.

In 2005, he became CEO of Expedia, which he built into one of the world’s leading travel and technology companies, now operating in more than 60 countries. He has four children and not surprisingly loves to travel, one of his favorite trips being to the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia where his wife Sydney said yes to marrying him.

(Sources: Uber, Kayhan Life)

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