It’s been a tough month for tech’s most powerful CEOs, capping a tough year. For Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Elon Musk, Evan Spiegel and even Jeff Bezos, 2018 brought intense media attention, crises of investor confidence and a drumbeat of regulatory scrutiny like nothing in recent history.
But you know who had a pretty good year? Uber’s newish CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Sure, Uber still has to stop losing hundreds of millions of dollars a quarter and navigate its close ties with the Saudis. But Khosrowshahi has managed to turn around internal morale, investor sentiment and even public opinion through some carefully crafted internal and external messaging.