Dara Khosrowshahi is headed overseas on a big trip in his relatively new role as Uber CEO.
A paparazzi-style photograph sent in by a GeekWire tipster caught Khosrowshahi boarding a flight out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for London on Monday. Dressed casually in a blue sweater and jeans and carrying a black jacket, the CEO was eyeballing a spot in the overhead for his carryon luggage. He also had Apple AirPods in his ears.
Khosrowshahi, who took over as head of the ride-hailing company a month ago, is already dealing with a major crisis in a huge market. The city’s transportation authority said on Sept. 22 that it would not renew Uber’s license to operate there because it said the service was not “fit and proper.”
Khosrowshahi was forced to write an open letter to Londoners, saying, “On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.”
The Guardian reported on Monday that Khosrowshahi was headed to London for a Tuesday meeting with the head of Transport of London. That meeting is coming at the same time that Jo Bertram, the executive in charge of Uber’s UK operations, has quit the company. The London issues and Bertram’s departure are reportedly not related.
The Guardian reported that Khosrowshahi will “sit down with the TfL commissioner Mike Brown in a private meeting, with the pair expected to discuss commitments Uber can make if it wants to continue operating.”
Khosrowshahi spent 12 years leading Bellevue, Wash.-based online travel giant Expedia before becoming the surprise pick to replace Travis Kalanick at Uber.
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