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5 facts you may not know about Uber’s new CEO pick

Dara Khosrowshahi
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Dara Khosrowshahi

Uber has selected Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Expedia, as the company's next CEO.

If Khosrowshahi accepts the offer, his appointment would come two months after Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick announced his departure from the company he co-founded, following pressure from shareholders.

Khosrowshahi has led Expedia since 2005 and has been credited with expanding the travel agency's global presence through several online booking brands.

Khosrowshahi could not be immediately reached for comment, but in a company filing posted by Expedia today, chairman Barry Diller says he believes Khosrowshahi intends to accept the role.

Here are five other facts you may not know about Uber's next CEO pick:

1. He's been critical of Donald Trump's policies

Khosrowshahi has joined a growing list of CEOs who have spoken out against the Trump administration. While some tech CEOs have sought to stay away from commenting on politics, he has been openly critical of President Donald Trump.

Khosrowshahi has spoken against Trump's immigration ban that prevented people from certain predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The CEO also recently criticized Trump's response to the Charlottesville rally, which left one activist dead and many wounded.

In January, Khosrowshahi sent a letter to Expedia's employees condemning President Trump's travel ban and said 1,000 Expedia customers were affected by the ban, according to the New York Times.

The company also backed a lawsuit against the immigration ban, which prevented people from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States, including Iran.

2. He was born in Iran

Khosrowshahi was born in Iran in 1969, according to TechCrunch. His family immigrated to the United States in 1978, when he was nine, prior to the Iranian Revolution.

A few years later, his father returned to Iran to look after Khosrowshahi's grandfather. His father was detained by Iranian authorities for six years, according to the publication. Khosrowshahi was raised by his mother and two brothers in Tarrytown, New York.

3. He didn't think he was a good CEO at first

In a profile as a 2013 Ernst & Young (EY) Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, he says, "I think for the first year when I was running the company, I wasn't a particularly good CEO."

Khosrowshahi recalls an engineer telling him that he wasn't laying out a clear vision for the future of the company.

"She said if you tell us where to go we'll do it, because we believe in you, we want to go there, tell us where to go and then we'll do it," Khosrowshahi says in the interview.

"That really shifted my view of what a CEO has to do. A CEO of a multinational global company can't say what to do, you've got to plant the flag."

4. He's close to his mom

Khosrowshahi says that his mother had to raise three kids without his father, in an interview with Bloomberg discussing his career success. He later tweeted the article:

He has frequently mentioned his mother in the past. After his first appearance on Mad Money, he got this response from his mother:

A few months later, he tweeted his mother's response to him making job site Glassdoor's list of top 100 CEOs:

Uber's next CEO joins other tech bosses who are close to their mother, like Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner. In fact, Weiner tells CNBC that his mother taught him how to read at a young age.

5. He was once the highest-paid CEO in the U.S.

In 2015, Khosrowshahi was ranked as the highest-paid chief executive of a U.S. public company, according to a report compiled by Equilar and the Associated Press.

The survey, which looked at S&P 500 CEOs, shows that Khosrowshahi's compensation totaled $94.6 million, an 881 percent change in pay from the previous year.

The CEO's 2015 earning included a $1 million salary, $2.8 million bonus, and $90.8 million in stock options, according to the company's annual filing.

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