Uber Technologies Inc. was supposed to be celebrating the end of a nine-week search for a new leader who could restore order to a year of extraordinary tumult.
Instead Sunday’s selection is being clouded by disagreement over how the board’s unanimous decision to hire Expedia Inc. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi unfolded, adding more controversy to a company already plagued by months of bad publicity.
Board directors Monday were ironing out details of Mr. Khosrowshahi’s contract and plans to introduce him to Uber employees, according to people familiar with the matter.
The choice was intended to bring stability to the world’s largest venture-backed startup as it seeks to hire multiple executives and make changes to its corporate governance and culture to address concerns about sexism and other issues.
Before Mr. Khosrowshahi had publicly said whether he would accept the role, however, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. CEO Meg Whitman tossed cold water on the selection process.
In a statement to The Wall Street Journal on Monday night, Ms. Whitman said she hadn’t been a candidate for the job until last Friday, when an unidentified Uber director called to see if she would reconsider after the board couldn’t decide between General Electric Co. Chairman Jeff Immelt and Mr. Khosrowshahi.