Uber's CEO takes leave as recommended by outside team

The report has exposed the toxic work culture Uber - the world's most valuable startup - has been practising for the last few years.

The Chief Executive Officer of Uber, Travis Kalanick, on Tuesday said he was taking an indefinite amount of time off from the company, which is now in the throes of controversy over its hostile work culture, in particular for women.

The company has faced concerns about its culture since Fowler's post. The company is also embroiled in a lawsuit with Alphabet's Waymo for allegedly stealing self-driving technology secrets.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has said he was taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, an announcement that comes at a time when the company is dealing with a series of workplace scandals.

The New York Times cited Huffington as saying that she appreciated Bonderman "doing the right thing for Uber". Employees at the company have told media the incidents have shaken their faith in Kalanick as a leader.

The company has also been reported to have been caught up in cases of intellectual property theft concerning their self driving auto service which has already resulted in the termination of Anthony Levandowski, the head of Uber's self driving service and faces a federal investigation for using a program called Greyball, which allowed Uber to evade law enforcement in areas where it is illegal. She also cited an instance where the HR refused to take action against a manager as he was "a high performer". Beyond Kalanick's temporary leave and the ongoing search for a COO, the company is also seeking a new president, a senior vice president, and a chief financial officer. The report urges the Board to evaluate which of Kalanick's responsibilities should be "shared or given outright to other members of senior management". The company's diversity figures are similar to the rest of Silicon Valley, with low numbers for women and underrepresented minorities.

In addition, the report says that diversity and inclusiveness should be a key value for Uber that's included in management training.

Last week, Uber said it had fired 20 people following preliminary results of the investigation, after examining 215 claims of discrimination, harassment, unprofessional behavior, bullying, retaliation and "physical security".

Under Mr Kalanick, the Uber app has revolutionised the taxi industry in hundreds of cities. But it's only one of many problems, self-inflicted and otherwise, that Uber has defended itself against in recent months. It also held focus groups with the staff about perceptions of Uber's workplace culture.

At an employee meeting Tuesday morning, Bonderman remarked that if a woman was added to the board that there likely would be more talking, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo.

News outlets including the New York Times later reported that Bonderman had resigned from the board, saying his comment had not reflected what he meant to say. "I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud", the statement said.