HPE CEO Meg Whitman joins Sacramento’s MLS bid as part owner

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Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman hopes to go
from CEO of HP Enterprise, to a partial owner of a Major League
Soccer team.

AP

  • Meg Whitman and her husband Griffith Harsh joined a bid
    to bring Major League Soccer to Sacramento,
    California.
  • Sacramento is one of four cities from across the
    country competing for two expansion franchises.
  • It’s a new role for the tech mogul, who is stepping
    down from her CEO position at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in
    February.

Meg Whitman’s got a new gig — helping bring Major League Soccer
to Sacramento.

Whitman, the soon-to-retire CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise,
and her husband, Griffith Harsh, have joined a bid to bring MLS
to the city of Sacramento. The couple joined the minor league
Sacramento Republic Football Club’s ownership group on Wednesday,
ahead of the club’s bid to move up to the big league. 

“After careful consideration we are delighted to join in
Sacramento’s bid for Major League Soccer,” Whitman and Harsh
said in
a statement
. “Sacramento has proven itself a great soccer
destination worthy of entry into MLS.”

Kevin Nagel, CEO of the Sacramento Republic FC, was in New York
City Wednesday to compete for one of two national expansion
slots. MLS, which currently has 19 teams in the US and three
teams in Canada, intends to announce the winners of the two
slots by the end of the year. Nashville, Detroit, and
Cincinnati are also contending for the spots. 

A spokeswoman for the Sacramento Republic FC said the investment
group includes several high-profile local investors, including
Mark Friedman, a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings
basketball team; and Jed York, the CEO of the San Francisco 49ers
football team. 

Whitman’s next step has been in doubt for months now. This
summer, she flirted with Uber about becoming its next CEO before
losing out to Dara Khosrowshahi. Then last month, she announced
she would resign from her role as HPE’s CEO without saying
exactly what she planned to do next.

Despite her involvement with Sacramento’s soccer effort, Whitman
isn’t a
native
of California’s state capital. However, she’s been an
influential figure in the state since she joined San Jose-based
eBay as its CEO in 1998. In 2010, she ran for governor, but lost
to Jerry Brown. 



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