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Ever since Uber Technologies Inc. began looking for a CEO, there have been plenty of names floated to help drive it out of its months-long PR storm, but none of them have been balked at more than Facebook Inc. (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Most agree that Sandberg would be just what Uber needs to lift itself out of its recent string of controversies, which span issues with sexual harassment, toxic workplace culture and shady business tactics. The events ultimately led to former CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation last month, kicking off the company's search for his successor, as well as replacements for several members of its top brass. Sandberg herself has called Uber's recent issues "super troubling." 

Bloomberg reported late Wednesday that Uber has put together a list of about six CEO candidates, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. CEO Meg Whitman, who met with Uber's management in recent weeks. Liane Hornsey, Uber's head of human resources, said she believes the company could find a replacement for Kalanick within six weeks, Bloomberg noted, citing sources familiar with the matter. 

Uber board member Arianna Huffington is said to have advocated for Sandberg as CEO, the New York Post reported last month, citing sources close to the situation. That news was quickly disputed by Recode's Kara Swisher, who said sources familiar with the matter believe Sandberg is happy with her role at Facebook. 

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman has been floated as a possible candidate for Uber CEO. 

It's easy to see why the folks at Uber would want to snag Sandberg, but it does seem that Sandberg has a pretty great job being second-in-command to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. She's helped scrub Facebook of its own bro culture and has emerged as a champion of gender equality and diversity in the workplace. Sandberg is credited as being behind Facebook's massive and successful advertising business, helping to create the company's integral $13 billion mobile advertising business in just four years.

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These achievements would equip her to possibly do the same at Uber, although analysts have argued that she's likely not interested in fixing Uber's mess. 

"She'd be wonderful but it doesn't seem like a realistic possibility," said Bradley Tusk, founder of Tusk Ventures, who was an early adviser to and investor in Uber beginning in 2011. "But someone with her gravitas, wisdom, experience and ability would be ideal."

Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, said Sandberg would be the "best antidote" to Uber's internal crises, adding that Sandberg's strong operations and sales expertise could of critical value, especially as Uber considers a possible IPO at some point. 

Sandberg has been pegged for other major roles in the past. Her name was thrown into the ring as a replacement for Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report CEO Bob Iger, but she dispelled those rumors, saying she "doesn't want another job." That answer was also her response to rumors of her entering politics, of which there have been many. Some thought Sandberg might run for governor of California or for a U.S. Senate seat, or even for president

Aside from Sandberg's loaded resume, Uber may be approaching powerful women in particular as a means of sending a message that its bro culture is no longer an acceptable norm at the company.

"In terms of gender, while the board should pick the best person available, most of Uber's problems are related to its culture and not the business itself," Tusk explained. "So a female CEO would certainly send a strong message." 

Dawson reiterated that point, adding that Uber doesn't "have to hire a female CEO," but doing so would show that erasing the bro culture is a key priority, and that "women employees, customers and drivers will be treated better in the future." 

If not Sandberg, Uber will be looking to hire a CEO that has the perfect combination of leadership characteristics and experience to help steer the company out of its tumultuous environment. A female CEO would be "terrific" for Uber, but that shouldn't be prioritized over finding the best CEO for the role, said Jason Hanold, managing partner at Hanold Associates, an executive search firm. 

"Uber needs a compassionate, proven, authentic, and brilliant, IQ plus EQ in equal measure, leader who willing to be vulnerable and can concurrently heal the culture, drive innovation and inspire talent to join and stay," Hanold said.

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