Uber CEO to take leave, leadership team to run company

An Uber Board Member Made a Sexist Joke During, Yes, the Meeting About Uber's Sexist Corporate Culture

While the death of Kalanick's mother in a boating accident last month is the official reason for the leave, Kalanick is also facing a growing list of scandals at the company he co-founded.

But your time is valuable, so we'll cut to the chase: Uber hired Obama's former attorney general Eric Holder to tell it how to stop being evil.

The chief operating officer would be a partner with Mr Kalanick.

The report also stresses the need for more focus on diversity in the workplace and said that the company should make more use of performance reviews to hold "senior leaders" accountable for discriminatory or other inappropriate workplace practices. The report was meant to respond to former Uber computer science engineer Susan Fowler's devastating February blog post, titled "Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber".

Fowler's harrowing account of the sexism and harassment she said she experienced at the ride hailing company caused a backlash that resulted in as many as 500,000 account deletions. The law firm Perkins Coie is conducting a separate investigation into more than 200 claims filed with Uber's human resources department.

After Ms Fowler's blog, Uber Technologies Inc made changes in human resources and opened a 24-hour hotline for employees.

Holder's Law Firm, Covington & Burling LLP, patterned the Uber cultural restructure around the National Football League's affirmative action hiring policy, referred to as the "Rooney Rule".




They represent the hyper-competitive, take-no-prisoners mentality that has helped the company cripple the taxi industry and become the world's top start-up, valued at $US70 billion.

And though the company's quarterly revenue increased from $2.9 billion to $3.4 billion during the same period, there is evidence that along the way it unwittingly ceded part of the US ride sharing market to rival Lyft, which rose from 18 per cent of the market at the beginning of the year to 25 per cent, according to analytics firm TXN.

In is e-mail to Uber employees, he stated that the company needs a fresh beginning and if the fresh beginning has to be successful then Kalanick himself would need to reinvent himself.

"Implementing these recommendations will improve our culture, promote fairness and accountability, and establish processes and systems to ensure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated", reads the statement from the board.

Kalanick previously admitted he needed to "fundamentally change as a leader and grow up" after video surfaced of him arguing with an Uber driver.

Holder also said that the company needs to utilize the diversity team it has better. "A committee of this nature could be organized as a standing committee of the Board, the objective of which is to oversee Uber's efforts and enhance a culture of ethical business practices, diversity, and inclusion within the organization". Jeff Jones resigned as Uber's president after less than a year on the job. It said Uber should provide "specific and clear guidance" to employees about intimate relationships, prohibiting them between people who report to each other in any capacity.

Krisher and Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin contributed from Detroit.

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