Uber board votes to adopt report about toxic behaviour at firm
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 7:39
Emil Michael, the chief business officer who took Uber from operations in a handful of cities to an worldwide ride-hailing juggernaut, has left - the latest in a string of executive departures at a precarious time for company.
The board also voted on a review of its policies and corporate culture by former US Attorney General Eric Holder. Kalanick's confidante and Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael officially left the ride-sharing giant on Monday, with the company reportedly looking to add Nestle Executive Vice President Wan Ling Martello to its board in the near future.
Uber's board is reportedly considering a leave of absence for Kalanick following his mother's death and father's injury in a serious boating accident last month.
Although Kalanick's leave is as yet unconfirmed, it may not come as a surprise.
The Uber Technologies board of directors is scheduled to meet Sunday and could consider management changes for the online car-hailing company, according to media reports. Uber didn't immediately respond to a request for comment by TheStreet. This is according to a report from Recode, which has proven to be pretty reliable where Uber is concerned.
A spokesman for the San Francisco ride-service firm confirmed that the board met with Holder and Tammy Albarrán, both partners with Covington & Burling, a law firm hired to investigate complaints of widespread sexual harassment and other deep-seated cultural problems at Uber. His absence at this point in the Uber investigation leaves company leadership in a tenuous position - particularly amidst claims of his involvement in the company's systematic issues with inequality and harassment. Earlier this year, Kalanick acknowledged that his style of management had to change, with Kalanick admitting that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up".
As attention turns to Uber's CEO and one of his deputies, the uncertainty highlights a critical weakness in the company's top ranks.
The company has said that all recommendations from Holder's investigation are to be implemented.
"When I joined Uber, the organization I was part of was over 25% women".
Uber is also embroiled in a legal battle with Alphabet's self-driving auto subsidiary, Waymo, who alleges that Uber stole important documents on self-driving vehicle technology and faces a criminal probe for "Greyball" technology it used to mislead regulators in cities it operated in.