Uber has a new, independent board member, shows a new SEC filing: CEO Revathi Advaithi of 51-year-old Flex, which is among the world’s largest electronic manufacturers and competes against Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology.
Advaithi, a mechanical engineer who grew up in India with four sisters, was appointed to the top job in February of last year after spending roughly 10 years with the electronic manufacturing company Eaton, where she was COO and oversaw its global electrical business. Before that, Advaithi spent six years as a VP at Honeywell.
She came to the job at a tough time. Specifically, Flex once counted among its biggest customers the Chinese company Huawei, for which it provided contract services for products like smartphones and 5G base stations. But the U.S. government last year banned U.S. firms, or non-U.S. firms with more than 25% American components in their products, from doing business with Huawei after it was deemed a national security risk. Indeed, the company, which today enjoys a market cap of $5 billion, saw its shares trading in the high teens in 2018 but they’d fallen to around $10 a share before Advaithi and they have largely stay there since.
Advaithi is currently Uber’s third female director. In February, it announced that Mandy Ginsberg had been appointed to the board. GInsberg was CEO of the dating app company Match Group until January of this year, reportedly stepping down from the role after a tornado hit her home in Dallas and she underwent surgery. (Publicly traded Match Group was already expected at the time to be spun away from its majority shareholder, IAC, a maneuver that was completed yesterday.)
In. 2017, it also appointed then Nestlé executive Wan Ling Martello to its board. She left Nestlé in 2018.
Advaithi took over as Flex CEO when its longtime chief, Michael McNamara, resigned to join the venture capital firm Eclipse.