Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Science | By Tyler Owen

Uber considering the future of CEO Travis Kalanick


While Kalanick's position in the company is relatively safe considering the "founder-friendly" governance structure at Uber, that of his allies might not be. The meeting took place over the weekend and saw a host of recommendations put before the board, including the suggestion to remove Emil Michael from the company.

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According to multiple news reports, Holder's advice included ordering Kalanick to step down temporarily and forcing out Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president of business and a key Kalanick ally within the company.

Last week, Uber fired 20 employees after 215 harassment complaints were reviewed by another law firm in a separate investigation.

Incidentally, the idea for the time-off was Kalanick's, who proposed it after the accident that took his mother's life. Kalanick's company has been the subject of many accusations of sexual harassment thanks to an aggressive "bro" culture.

As attention turns to Uber's CEO and one of his deputies, the uncertainty highlights a critical weakness in the company's top ranks.

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Also in the email he spoke of joining the company four years ago and helping make it "the fastest-growing company of all time".

Furthermore recently Uber's finance chief, Gautam Gupta, revealed he was leaving, after NY general manager, Josh Mohrer, and the head of Uber's self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski, out of the door.hand in resignation. And one of Michael's lieutenants, Eric Alexander, was sacked last week after reports emerged that he mishandled documents related to the rape of an Uber passenger in India.

More changes to the company after an investigation by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reveals their recommendations. He later apologised, saying "I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up".

Other women at Uber made similar claims about the same manager, Fowler wrote.

The Uber Technologies Inc board of directors voted unanimously to adopt all recommendations made in a report, stemming from allegations of sexual harassment at the company.

Although Kalanick's leave is as yet unconfirmed, it may not come as a surprise. The company faces a criminal probe related to a technology it created called Greyball that was used to deceive regulators in cities where it was operating. Michael also allegedly saw the medical reports of a rape victim that had been obtained by another Uber executive, Recode reported on Friday.

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