Uber is looking for a chief operating officer to work alongside embattled CEO Travis Kalanick and the ride-hailing start-up has called in the big guns — Silicon Valley recruiting powerhouse Heidrick & Struggles.
It's the same firm that placed Eric Schmidt at Google in 2001 when founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page needed "adult supervision." He stayed for a decade and now serves as Alphabet's executive chairman. Heidrick & Struggles also worked with Microsoft on its CEO search that led to Satya Nadella. Since Nadella took the reins, Microsoft shares have climbed nearly 80 percent and hit new record highs.
But finding a No. 2 at Uber may be the recruiting firm's biggest challenge yet, as the most valuable start-up in history is now engulfed in controversy.