Uber CEO Kalanick says he will take leave of absence


Kalanick told employees about his decision Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in a memo.

As part of the 13-page report Uber commissioned from former United States attorney general Eric Holder and his law firm that was released Tuesday, Uber laid out new guidelines for drinking at work and company events.

Though the investigation by Covington & Burling was prompted by Susan Flower and ex-Uber engineer, who was exposed for his pervasive sexism, harassment, and managerial incompetence at the ride-hail company, it was Kalanick and Michael who was under the axe for ignoring the disappointing culture brewing at Uber.

On Tuesday, a report by Holder containing recommendations for improving the company were made public. The company's board adopted all of the changes that investigators-including former US Attorney General Eric Holder-recommended.

The big question here is, Will Kalanick come back, and if he does, how long it's going to take for him to transform into Kalanick 2.0? Bonderman later resigned from the board after admitting that his untimely crack was "inappropriate". "That's where the culture comes from".

But it's unlikely that Kalanick going on leave, on its own, will address numerous problems facing Uber. "He lacks the kind of presence that's needed for a larger organization".

"During this interim period, the leadership team, my directs, will be running the company", he wrote. A separate investigation into company procedures led to the dismissal of more than 20 employees - there were no less than 215 claims of sexual harassment and other "bad behaviors". Experts say it's an unprecedented number of firings that shows a pervasive problem, but also is a strong step toward rehabilitation.

"Ha! Yeah, they'll never apologize", she tweeted. Women and minorities who are hired must be included and supported.

One of the main points of the report involves decentralizing power from Kalanick and giving some responsibilities to other executives. No reason was given for his departure.

Uber's chief executive is to take a leave of absence as the taxi app firm grapples with accusations of harassment and discrimination.

The board is also struggling with a lawsuit over alleged theft of technology from Google's Waymo self-driving vehicle unit, a federal criminal investigation for allegedly misleading local regulators, and backlash from drivers angry about low pay and poor working conditions. Earlier it signed a deal with Waymo, Google's former autonomous vehicle operation. Uber's diversity figures are similar to the rest of Silicon Valley, with low numbers for women and underrepresented minorities. The company says it's still seeing ridership rise 3 to 5 percent per week.

Kalanick lost his temper earlier this year in an argument with an Uber driver who was complaining about pay, and Kalanick's profanity-laced comments were caught in video that went viral.