A company trying to recover from allegations of rampant sexism might reasonably think that hiring a female chief executive would help it restore credibility with customers and – perhaps more importantly – with potential employees in a tight marketplace for talent.
But what if no women wanted the job?
That looks to be the case for Uber, the troubled ride-hailing company trying to replace deposed chief executive Travis Kalanick after a reign defined by highflying growth and a toxic brand of corporate machismo. In the wake of Kalanick’s departure, a number of A-list female executives have made it clear they are not interested in the role.
Indeed, after a nationwide search that involved copiously combing through binders full of women across corporate America, the company has come up short. There are no women left on its current shortlist, which is down to three CEO candidates, according to people familiar with the search who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter freely.
Apparently, if your company is known for sexual harassment against women, it makes finding a female CEO a tad difficult Who knew? If your company’s reputation is constant mistreatment of women, hiring a woman should cancel all of that out, right?
At the end of the day, I’m getting out of a car that has a pink mustache on the front. And if you look like me then taxis are completely out of the question so regardless who the CEO is and what awful things their employees do, I’m #TeamUber forever.
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