Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

Uber Executives Travis Kalanick, Emil Michael Facing Possible Ouster

Clarence Schmidt | 12 June, 2017, 07:52

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.

The newspaper said its sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for Uber. Other media outlets have reported that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may take a leave of absence.

The report was prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The board members of the company are scheduled to hold a summit meeting today to address a range of recommendations that had been made by independent experts.

Eric Alexander, Uber's president of business in the Asia Pacific region, was seperately dismissed last week for his involvement in obtaining medical records of a woman in India who claimed that an Uber driver raped her. Kalanick was well aware of Alexander's behavior according to Recode, and chose to do nothing until reports appeared in the press.

Uber confirmed to the BBC that Alexander no longer worked at the firm - but offered no further comment.

The company announced in February that it was commissioning a pair of investigations into allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment made by Susan Fowler, a former engineer at the company.

"If [Kalanick] really wants to save the company, he has to get himself out", says Paul Argenti, a professor of corporate communication "It's a fantastic organization with a tremendous idea and bad leadership".

Mr Kalanick has earned a reputation as an abrasive leader and was criticised earlier this year after being caught on video berating an Uber driver.

The ride-hailing service, which is enduring a PR nightmare amid an ongoing investigation into its workplace culture, could see chief business officer Emil Michael depart as soon as Monday, reported The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

Uber board member Arianna Huffington said in March that Kalanick needed to change his leadership style from that of a "scrappy entrepreneur" to be more like a "leader of a major global company".

In addition to firing 20 employees, Uber said Tuesday that it was hiring an Apple marketing executive, Bozoma Saint John, to help improve its tarnished brand. His mother was killed in late May after the boat she and her husband were riding in hit a rock.

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