Amid Changes at Uber, No Word on Whether Kalanick Will Step Aside
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 21:25
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. Michael has not resigned, according to the Times, but the Wall Street Journal reported that he is expected to do so as early as Monday. The company reportedly received findings and recommendations last week. CEO Travis Kalanick called for an urgent investigation into the claims.
The never-ending scandals at Uber have reached a point of reckoning and according to multiple reports, the ride-sharing startup's board will be making some major decisions today.
The engineer, former Uber employee Susan Fowler Rigetti described systematic sexual harassment in which she and female co-workers at the company were openly propositioned for sex and other "inappropriate behavior" by a supervisor.
Kalanick proposed the idea of some time off, up to three months, after a boating accident last month killed his mother. Now, the senior vice president of business, Emil Michael, is once again at the center of attention.
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.
Uber will tell employees about the recommendations on Tuesday, said the representative, who declined to be identified.
Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research, said: "This week we finally learn just how committed Travis Kalanick and the rest of the senior leadership team at Uber is to meaningful cultural change".
Kalanick's full-on removal has been the topic of debate between investors and reporters like our own Lance Ulanoff, and even a leave of absence would be a significant development for the embattled exec.
Directors were weighing a three-month leave of absence for Travis Kalanick, the chief executive who built the startup into a almost $70 billion entity, according to three people with knowledge of the board's agenda.
"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick later said in an email to employees about the exchange. One is the former head of global and consumer marketing for iTunes and Apple Music, Bozoma Saint John. He was also said to have been one of the executives who viewed medical records of a woman who had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi.