Uber discussing leave for CEO Travis Kalanick, reports say

  • Uber discussing leave for CEO Travis Kalanick, reports say

Uber discussing leave for CEO Travis Kalanick, reports say

NEW YORK | The board of Uber was meeting Sunday to consider placing the CEO of the ride-hailing company on leave, according The New York Times and other news outlets.

The report, conducted by former US attorney general Eric Holder, has already been distributed to the board, Recode reports, and it follows the termination of dozens of Uber employees and the disciplining of others for incidents related to sexual harassment charges in recent months. Uber didn't immediately respond to a request for comment by TheStreet.

Mr. Holder's report includes recommendations for new human-resource processes and trainings and details allegations by current and former employees about inappropriate behavior at Uber including sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and other matters, people familiar with the matter said.

The findings come as Uber is awaiting the results of an investigation of similar nature being conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

A decision on whether to alter Travis Kalanick's role may be taken at a meeting of Uber's board on Sunday. In a 2013 email obtained by Recode, Kalanick said he wouldn't be having sex with any of his employees, but he opened the door for mingling among Uber colleagues at a party on South Beach.

Privately valued at almost $70 billion, Uber operates in hundreds of cities around the world.

In December 2014, a 26-year-old Delhi woman was raped by Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav.

Uber has been plagued by more than sexual harassment complaints in recent months.

At a staff meeting that day, employees were notified that more than 200 harassment and discrimination claims had been investigated in a separate, parallel investigation by law firm Perkins Coie.

"I would say that the leadership team needs to catch up with the growth in the organisation", Frei said.

Mr. Michael, as chief business officer, helped oversee broad strategy initiatives including mergers and acquisitions and fundraising. He said his "beliefs and approach to leadership" were "inconsistent" with those of the company. He has been with Uber since 2013 and now holds the title of chief business officer.

Uber's board consists of seven members including; TPG Partner David Bonderman; Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington; venture capitalist Bill Gurley of Benchmark; an official from a Saudi Arabian government investment fund; co-founder Garrett Camp (chairman); Uber SVP Ryan Graves; and Mr. Kalanick himself.