Uber Technologies has chosen VMware's Zane Rowe as the top candidate for chief financial officer to lead preparations for what could be the biggest initial public offering of 2019, sources said.
The ride-hailing company is in advanced talks with Mr Rowe, who currently has the same position at VMware, said the people, who asked not to be identified. An agreement hasn't been finalised, and negotiations could fall through, one of the people said.
Uber and VMware declined to comment. Mr Rowe couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Before joining VMware, Mr Rowe was CFO at Continental Airlines and led North American sales for Apple. He would be the latest high-profile man to join the executive ranks under Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi. Since taking over in September, Mr Khosrowshahi hired PepsiCo's Tony West as chief legal counsel and Orbitz's Barney Harford as chief operating officer.
Uber has indicated it is seeking senior women for other roles, but Mr Khosrowshahi said this month he doesn’t want to get in a bidding war for talent. “The focus on recruitment is a little bit of a sugar high,” he said onstage at the Women in the World Summit in New York. “My focus at Uber isn’t going to get a sugar high. It’s to develop the great women we already have at Uber and to make them be great senior women at Uber.”
VMware is caught in the middle of contentious debates over how to integrate Michael Dell’s technology empire. At one point, Dell Technologies was considering a reverse merger with VMware, but it’s now leaning against that path, Bloomberg reported last week. VMware shareholders had resisted the idea of a reverse merger.
Mr Rowe would help Uber move closer to an IPO, which could happen as soon as late 2019. The San Francisco-based company has been valued at as much as $72 billion, which makes it one of the most significant public-market debuts in the pipeline. – Bloomberg