Uber set for changes after board reviews report on workplace culture
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 5:14
Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Travis Kalanick is likely to take a leave of absence from the troubled ride-hailing company, but no final decision has yet been made, according to a source familiar with the outcome of a Sunday board meeting.
One of Holder's recommendations was firing Emil Michael, Kalanick's chief deputy at the company.
Michael's exit comes after Uber's board received the results of an independent probe, headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder, looking into the company's culture.
The review was launched in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing what she described as sexual harassment and the lack of a suitable response by senior managers.
Kalanick has taken time off in the past two weeks after his mother died and his father was injured in a boating accident.
Monday, the problems continue to mount at Uber, as one of the company's top executives has left the ride sharing giant.
James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt, said Mr Michael's departure reflected Uber's need for a "fall guy" and could help protect Mr Kalanick.
Reuters quotes a source saying that the board will discuss Kalanick taking time off from the company.
Forbes reports that the Uber board unanimously approved the recommendations in the Holder report, and that the full report will be released to all employees on Tuesday.
As for Michael himself, it would seem that he understands his precarious position within the company and is preparing to resign, The Wall Street Journal reports. The most recent scandal came last week, with the revelation that a former senior executive kept and showed the medical records of an Uber passenger raped by her driver in India three years ago. A spokesperson for Uber confirmed his departure to CNN Tech.
The changes would also further destabilise the leadership at Uber, which has upended the transportation industry worldwide.
On the agenda at Sunday's meeting were a possible leave of absence for Kalanick and potentially parting ways with Michael. Michael, who joined Uber in 2013 and is said to be a close friend of Kalanick, is no stranger to controversy after comments he made in 2014 about investigating journalists critical of Uber. "I think a big part of this was making sure they had the legal basis to do so".