Uber’s Chief Executive, Travis Kalanick, Maybe Planning To Take A Temporary Leave


Uber’s chief executive Travis Kalanick could be planning to take a temporary leave of absence due to major upheavals being made by the company, reports say.

The company’s board reportedly held a meeting on Sunday but has not offered any information on Mr Kalanick’s future in the company yet.

Moreover, the board also looked into the company’s policies and corporate culture by former US Attorney General Eric Holder and voted on it.

Major upheavals

The review was issued in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler claimed that she was subjected to sexual harassment and Uber reportedly turned a deaf ear.

Kalanick taking a break might actually appease those who accused him of creating a toxic workplace atmosphere. However, he could not be forced to take a break if he was not willing to, experts asserted. On the other hand, the prospects of who would preside the company are vague in Kalanick decides to take a temporary leave absence.

“It’s fraught with danger either way.” said Silicon Valley marketing expert Andy Cunningham. “If he resigns, it could cause everything else to fall apart.”

Uber confirmed to the BBC that “the board unanimously voted to adopt all the recommendations of the Holder Report. The recommendations will be released to the employees on Tuesday.”

No Confirmation

It has not been confirmed what those recommendations refer to. There are prospects that Mr.Kalanick could take a break from Uber and then return to the company, but would not be fully in charge of everything, or remain as chief executive but would be subjected to more scrutiny, according to the Reuters news agency.

The New York Times reported that there were suggestions that the company might sack Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice-president of business and a close confidant of Mr Kalanick.

The board meeting was held just days after Uber announced it had sacked more than 20 people and was taking other measures against staff for the sexual harassment issues.