Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Is Taking A Leave Of Absence

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Is Taking A Leave Of Absence

Travis Kalanick, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uber Technologies Inc., said Tuesday he will take time off from the technology company offering ride-hailing services.

In a letter to Uber employees, CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence.

Whether Kalanick's leave of absence at this crucial time will cause even more upheaval within the company remains to be seen.

It also recommended that Uber continue its search for a chief operating officer who could act as a "full partner" to the CEO but focus on the day-to-day operations and company culture.

Eric Holder speaks at the 44th Annual Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference on September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. And just last week, Uber fired at least 20 people as part of the internal investigation into sexual harassment at the company. His announcement comes amid a staggering run of turmoil for Uber, and on the same day the recommendations of an global investigation into the company's culture were made available to employees.

'If employees in a reporting relationship find themselves in a romantic or intimate relationship, they must be required to immediately report it so that appropriate action can be taken, including making sure that the individuals are not in any type of reporting relationship (direct or indirect) going forward.

"The ultimate responsibility, for where we've gotten and how we've gotten here, rests on my shoulders", Kalanick wrote.

Members of the board had previously professed faith in Kalanick in spite of the growing controversies.

On Monday, a senior vice president at Uber, Emil Michael, stepped down ahead of Holder's recommendations.

He brought the U.S. Open to a cow pasture. The report seems to suggest that Uber still doesn't have an official policy laying that out. Bonderman later apologized but according to board member Ariana Huffington the change would be a "seminal moment for Uber".

The report encourages Uber's board to place a greater emphasis on employee preparation, in the form of both mandatory training programs for executives, human resources staffers and employees responsible for interviewing job candidates.

That firm checked into 215 complaints, with 57 still under investigation.

Redefine Travis Kalanick's role.

Under Kalanick, Uber has shaken up the taxi industry in hundreds of cities and turned the San Francisco-based company into the world's most valuable startup.

Kalanick previously admitted he needed to "fundamentally change as a leader and grow up" after video surfaced of him arguing with an Uber driver. Uber set up a hotline for complaints after that and hired the law firm of Perkins Coie to investigate. But its reputation has suffered over the harassment reports, and the company has also faced challenges to its labor and competition practices, as well as a lawsuit from Google's parent company over its self-driving vehicle program.

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