While some think Whitman would have been a great choice—at 60 she is young enough to take on a new challenge and she clearly has technology chops—sources suggested to the Journal that Whitman didn’t have the support of board member Arianna Huffington, who is Kalanick’s closest ally on the board and is said to want a leader more like him. According to Recode, however, Huffington had been scheduled to meet Whitman, but had not, before the Hewlett CEO pulled her name out of contention.

Uber wants to find a new CEO by Labor Day, a short timeline even without the complication of having a failed CEO on the search committee trying to secure his replacement. CEO searches typically take at least six months and often take longer than that.

The Journal reports that Kalanick, before his ouster, was troublesome in the search for a chief operating officer to work with him, rejecting several candidates before the search was suspended in the wake of his ouster. There’s no reason to believe he’ll be any more helpful in finding the person who will replace him.

Indeed, Kalanick is said to be consolidating power so he can retake an operating role—even that of CEO, the New York Times reported. (paywall)

This story was updated to reflect the fact that Arianna Huffington had not yet met with Meg Whitman.

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