Uber set for changes after board reviews report on workplace culture
- Author: Israel Montgomery Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 1:51
News of his departure came the day after executives had an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss the findings of a months-long investigation into accusations of harassment and mismangement at the company by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling.
The Uber Technologies board of directors is scheduled to meet Sunday and could consider management changes for the online car-hailing company, according to media reports. Other Uber board members include David Bonderman of TPG Capital, Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital, an official representing Saudi Arabia's government investment fund, and Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, the person said. Its top finance exec left last month amid efforts to drive down its significant losses. Earlier this year, Kalanick acknowledged that his style of management had to change, with Kalanick admitting that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up".
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Mr Holder was asked to undertake the review in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler made claims of sexual harassment.
Uber's directors were also said to be considering the exit of Emil Michael, senipr vice president of business at Uber. Most recently Uber parted ways with Eric Alexander, another top executive, following questions about whether he improperly obtained a woman's medical report following her alleged rape by an Uber driver. The probe was prompted by allegations that Uber's human resources department made no attempt to deal with numerous reported incidents of sexual harassment.
According to sources speaking with the New York Times, the question of whether Kalanick should take a leave of absense rests in the hands of Garrett Camp, Uber's chairman, and board member Ryan Graves. Fasten, an Uber rival that operates in Boston and Austin, Texas, said it saw a 25 percent ridership increase the week after an Uber boycott started.
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Uber has sincefaced other problems, including an intellectual property dispute over self-driving auto technology with Waymo, the self-driving vehicle business that operates under Google's parent company. In a private dinner, Michael told a reporter saying: "Uber should create a fund to be used exclusively for investigating journalists who were being critical of the company".
This also comes at a time when Uber is facing an intellectual property dispute with Waymo over self-driving auto technology.
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