Uber CEO to take leave, leadership team to run company

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Evan Agostini/Invision/ AP In this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, file picture, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gets to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Released Tuesday, June 13, 2017|10:26 a.m.

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SAN FRANCISCO– Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will take a leave of lack for an undefined duration and let his leadership group run the struggling ride-hailing business while he’s gone.

Kalanick informed staff members about his decision Tuesday in a memo. He says he requires time off to grieve for his mother, who passed away in a Might boating accident. He also says he is accountable for the company’s current circumstance and needs to end up being a better leader.

The statement comes as former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder released a list of suggestions to enhance Uber’s poisonous culture. He advised that Kalanick be eased of some leadership obligations, shifting them to a chief operating officer and other senior managers. The COO would be a partner with Kalanick.

Holder suggested that Uber use efficiency reviews to hold senior supervisors accountable by setting metrics for improving diversity and responsiveness to worker complaints.

Holder’s company, Covington & & Burling LLP, and a 2nd firm, Perkins Coie, were asked to conduct separate examinations of Uber’s workplace culture after a previous engineer leveled charges of unwanted sexual advances. Susan Fowler posted a blog site in February that detailed sexual harassment during the year she spent at Uber. Fowler wrote she was propositioned by her supervisor on her very first her with an engineering group. She reported him to human resources, however was informed he would get a lecture however no more punishment due to the fact that he was a “high entertainer,” she wrote.

Holder’s private investigators performed more than 200 interviews with existing and former workers, consisting of people who knew Fowler’s claims, inning accordance with the law practice’s suggestions.

After Fowler’s blog site, Uber Technologies Inc. made changes in human resources and opened a 24-hour hotline for employees. Last week, the company fired 20 people including some supervisors at the recommendation of Perkins Coie, which penetrated particular problems made to the business about sex harassment, bullying, and retaliation for reporting issues. That firm checked out 215 complaints, with 57 still under examination.

Under Kalanick, Uber has disrupted the taxi market in numerous cities and turned the San Francisco-based business into the world’s most valuable startup. Uber’s appraisal has reached almost $70 billion.

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