Uber didn't immediately respond to request for comment.
The board has reportedly narrowed the search down to three people, with different factions of the board backing different candidates.
He would replace former CEO Travis Kalanick, who was forced to step down in June following a tiff with a shareholder. He told Bloomberg BusinessWeek that his family fled Iran just before the Iranian Revolution in 1978 when he was 9 years old. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Brown University and got his start at investment bank Allen and Co.
We've confirmed from a source familiar with the situation that this person is Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia. Should Benchmark prevails in its suit, it could curtail Kalanick's involvement with the company and remove him from the board altogether.
In an interview with CNBC in May, he said: "Analysts are focused on margins". The online booking site is one of the largest travel agencies in the world. Expedia filed a legal challenge to the ban.
Barnier calls on the United Kingdom to move from "constructive ambiguity" to clarity
Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar last week warned that the process will "definitely" take more time than expected. Mr Barnier added: "To be honest, I'm concerned, time passes quickly".
Now, another Uber investor is firing back at Benchmark, charging that it's the venture capital firm that's undermining the company and that it remains determined to get its own favorite candidate, Whitman, into the CEO seat. Kalanick enjoyed sweeping authority on the board and almost complete autonomy in running the company, a governance style that helped to create a workplace that had few checks and balances.
Uber has been plagued much of the year by high-profile missteps including allegations of espionage and deceit, and revelations of rampant sexual harassment and bullying among employees.
The company released its latest financial results after several mutual funds marked down the value of their stakes in Uber following a slew of PR crises. The stock has almost tripled in the past five years. Since Uber has been embroiled in controversies for about a year, he would be responsible for transforming the company's work culture and business.
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber's top executive, taking the hard job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company.
But he also took responsibility for the company's current situation saying he needed "to become a better leader".
Whitman, an investor in Uber, denied multiple times publicly that she was interested in the job.