Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Travis Kalanick Uber chief to take leave from company

Uber boss Travis Kalanick plans to take time away from the company, and could return in a diminished role.

The move follows recommendations made after a review of management and practices at the firm.

The report was sparked by a former employee's claims the company ignored her complaints about sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Uber's board voted unanimously in favour of the recommendations on Sunday.

Some of Mr Kalanick's responsibilities could be shifted to other executives.
In the email to staff, Mr Kalanick said his decision to take leave, which also comes after the sudden death of his mother in a boating accident, is part of an effort to create "Uber 2.0".

"For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team," Mr Kalanick wrote. "But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve."

Mr Kalanick's email did not say how long he would be away from the firm.

Uber has been rocked by a series of controversies in recent months, including an investigation of its business practices and a lawsuit from Google's parent company, Alphabet, over alleged theft of trade secrets related to driverless cars.

Criticism of its aggressive corporate culture has also circulated, inflamed earlier this year when Mr Kalanick was caught on video berating an Uber driver.

He said in response to the video: "I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up."

BBC      News.