Arianna Huffington Joins Uber's Board

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"It's Arianna's emotional intelligence that I am most excited to learn from," said CEO Travis Kalanick.

Arianna Huffington is joining the Uber board of directors. 

The transportation startup announced the appointment Wednesday morning with a blog post from founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, in which he described Huffington as someone who "believes deeply in our mission." 

Kalanick also recalled a story that the founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post once told at an Uber staff event about how she called an Uber for the daughter of a friend stuck in a Brooklyn snowstorm. "The crowd roared when she told them, 'For the first time in my life, I felt like a genuine Greek goddess,'" Kalanick wrote. 

He also called Huffington a friend whose "emotional intelligence … I am most excited to learn from." 

Kalanick recently appeared on an episode of Talk to Me, a HuffPost web series in which children interview their parents that was conceived and executive produced by Huffington's daughter Christina. 

Huffington founded HuffPost in 2005 and sold it to AOL in 2011 for $315 million. After AOL was acquired by Verizon, she renewed her contract with the company for another four years.