Uber may temporarily replace CEO Travis Kalanick

Michael will be replaced as the company's top business development executive by David Richter, now another vice president.

The Holder Report is the culmination of a several-month investigation into Uber's workplace.

According to the NYT report, if these moves are acted upon, it would scale back Kalanick's involvement in the company and take away his ally in the company that he built into a $70 billion entity.

Michael, who is one of CEO Travis Kalanick's closest confidants, helps oversee broad strategy initiatives such as mergers, acquisitions and fundraising. As the New York Times reports, Michael announced his departure to all company's employees in an email Monday morning, though it remains unclear whether he resigned or was terminated. The Uber board is also said to be contemplating CEO Travis Kalanick taking time off from the company, possibly to return in another position with narrower responsibilities and stronger oversight.

According to Reuters, Kalanick and two allies on the board now have voting control of the company. The company recently laid off 20 people after a separate probe into sexual harassment at the company.

Uber's board of directors voted unanimously to adopt all recommendations of a report that was conducted after allegations of sexual harassment and other issues at the company came to light, according to a representative for the board. Holder's recommendations for the company include a shakeup of Uber leadership - including a three-month leave of absence for Kalanick.

Mr Kalanick has been on bereavement leave following the death of his mother in a boating accident. A second internal inquiry is being led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Uber's self-driving auto program is in jeopardy after a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc alleging trade secrets theft, and the company has suffered an exodus of several of its top executives.

Following news of Sunday's meeting, Bloomberg reported that Wan Ling Martello, executive vice president at Nestle SA and director of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, will be appointed to the company's board.

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.

  • Zachary Reyes