With Khosrowshahi in that role, Uber's tense relationship with the White House might continue. Khosrowshahi has not hidden his disapproval of some of the policies suggested by President Donald Trump.
In particular, Khosrowshahi opposed a travel ban aimed at several predominantly Muslim countries the administration said were associated with high rates of terrorism. Expedia was one of about 100 technology companies that challenged the ban in court.
"And we were very, very lucky to come to America and have the opportunities presented to us, and that's one of the things that makes America great. The power of immigration, the American dream — if you think about the power of the American dream — it is the best brand out there. It's stronger than Apple, and Microsoft and Google combined, times 10x."
He continued, "The American dream is you come here, you believe in democracy, you believe in the Constitution, you work hard, you can make it. That's what makes this country great, and I think the president should be for that, not against it."
Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, received by far the most donations from Expedia employees, at $30,429, including a donation from Khosrowshahi himself, according to OpenSecrets. Chelsea Clinton and outspoken Trump critic Barry Diller are both on Expedia's board.
Within Uber, that might not be so controversial: Employees there contributed $54,842 to Clinton's campaign, while Uber donated $190,000 to the host committee of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
But running Uber is far from an apolitical affair — the company itself was founded during the inauguration of Barack Obama. And former CEO Travis Kalanick, who is still on the board and has a large voting stake in Uber, left the company in a tough spot with both sides of the political spectrum.