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Meg Whitman says (again) she will not be Uber CEO

The high-profile tech exec tweeted her regrets about the car-hailing company’s top job.

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No thanks Uber, says Meg Whitman
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Meg Whitman will not be CEO of Uber, she said more definitely tonight via, you guessed it, Twitter. Earlier this week, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO released a statement that said she was committed to staying there.

But the noise around Whitman, one of the most high-profile execs in Silicon Valley, running the troubled car-hailing company has only gotten louder. She has been advising the company during its management crisis over the last few months and is also an early investor in Uber.

So she went to Twitter to make it dead clear.

“Normally, I do not comment on rumors, but the speculation about my future and Uber has become a distraction,” she tweeted. “So let me be as clear as I can. I am fully committed to HPE and plan to remain the company’s CEO. We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere.”

Move on, people!

So who is going to be CEO of Uber? Well, here’s who is not, as I reported, to which we can add Whitman’s name. While Uber sources maintain that there are lots of great choices on the short list, many who the company’s board search committee have talked to are worried about a variety of issues. That includes how meddlesome ousted CEO Travis Kalanick will be — he is an influential shareholder and also on its board — and also concerns that not all problems at the company have been disclosed.

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