Robert Eckert, who led Mattel for 10 years as CEO, has joined the board of taxi app Uber.
Bob, who was CEO of Mattel between 2000 and 2011, and stepped down as chairman in January 2013, joins Uber as an independent director to serve on the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, says: “Bob brings powerful perspective and understands the tremendous value that can be unlocked by fostering a world-class consumer brand. I look forward to working with him on the board.”
Uber says the decision to appoint Bob to the board was ‘due to his leadership experience as a chief executive officer of large global public companies and his extensive experience leading global consumer brands at Mattel and Kraft’.
Ron Sugar, independent Chairperson of the Board, adds: “Bob leads with a steady hand, both in good times and through difficulties, and offers world-class experience and insights that we believe will prove invaluable as Uber begins its next decade.”
Bob remains on as Chairman Emeritus at Mattel, a role he’s held since stepping down from active duty in 2013.