Uber CEO Goes on Leave for Unspecified Duration

Uber has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately.

From claims of sexual harassment by employees to accusations by Waymo (Google’s self-driving car division) that Uber stole the Tech for its self-driving cars and scrutiny of its toxic company culture, the cab-hailing giant has had its fair share of controversy recently.

Now, CEO Travis Kalanick has taken personal leave from the company for an unspecified amount of time.

It is expected that he will have a relatively stripped down role on his return with more oversight from an independent chair.

Kalanick was caught on video earlier this year arguing with an Uber driver about low pay and it is widely believed that his aggressive attitude may be the root of Uber’s problems.

After the incident, Uber engaged former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to investigate the company’s culture.

Holder came up with a set of recommendations which included increasing the profile of Uber’s VP of Diversity, Bernard Coleman (and more generally improving diversity efforts), holding senior Uber leaders accountable, employing a new COO to address culture issues, improving the process for filing employee complaints and increasing the board’s oversight.

VP Emil Michael who is a close friend of Kalanick left the company as a fallout of the investigation and more than 20 employees were fired after an investigation into complaints of harassment.

Despite all the changes, investors and employees still wonder whether enough has been done to fix the serious problems at the company.

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