Uber changes ahead as another member of core leadership team departs

Prior to the board meeting the Wall Street Journal reported that Emil Michael, Uber's long-standing Chief Business Officer who has been linked to several of the scandals, may resign as early as Monday as a result of the report.

This follows reports that Uber's board of directors has voted to implement all of the recommendations made by US Attorney General Eric Holder in a report.

Uber will tell employees about the recommendations on Tuesday, said the representative, who declined to be identified. Uber's general counsel and some board members recommended months ago that Michael step away from the company until Holder's report was complete but he insisted on staying.

The vote comes almost four months after a former engineer, Susan Fowler, published a blog post alleging that a superior propositioned her on her first day.

She joins an Uber board that includes a voting majority made up of Kalanick, co-founder Garrett Camp, and the company's first employee, Ryan Graves, according to a person familiar with the company.

If Mr Michael does leave it would be the latest high-profile departure from Uber.

Last week, Uber fired 20 employees amid an investigation by outside lawyers into hundreds of claims of alleged misconduct. Now, the senior vice president of business, Emil Michael, is once again at the center of attention.

Kalanick has reportedly proposed the idea of taking time off after his mother's death in a recent boating accident. Ever since 2009, Kalanick has worked endlessly to make Uber what it is now, a near $70 billion entity.

Reps for Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Although Uber's woes have not hit its growth, some analysts say its problems will not be fixed unless there is a change in leadership. The independent investigation was galvanized by former Uber employee Susan Fowler who wrote a blog post detailing allegedly ignored and mishandled issues of sexual harassment at the ride-hailing company.

On Sunday, the board of directors met at the Los Angeles offices of Covington & Burling, Holder's law firm, where they were reported to have debated the changes for seven hours. Uber now has nine board members and seven hold super-voting shares that give them more power.

In a March conference call with reporters after that incident, board member Arianna Huffington expressed confidence that Kalanick would evolve into a better leader.

  • Carolyn Briggs