Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is on a leave of absence as his company looks to overcome a spate of controversies
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has announced that he’s going on leave without specifying a return date. Uber’s board had accepted on Sunday all 47 recommendations made by a law firm after investigating allegations of sexual harassment and mismanagement of the ride-hailing company. The top recommendation was for Kalanick to be divested of some of his responsibilities, which will likely be given to the new COO that Uber seeks to appoint.
In an email to employees, Kalanick spoke of the need to take time off to work on Travis 2.0.
“For the last eight years, my life has always been about Uber. Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team.
“The ultimate responsibility for where we’ve gotten and how we’ve gotten here rests on my shoulders. There is, of course, much to be proud of but there is much to improve. Uber 2.0 to succeed, there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team. 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,” Kalanick said in the email.
Uber has been buffeted by one scandal after another, which has led to a spate of senior executives having to leave the company.
This is an excerpt from the article published on Tech In Asia. You can read the full article here