Uber CEO Travis Kalanick May Take Leave of Absence

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may just be the most beleaguered CEO in the technology sector.

And it is likely for that reason that he is considering taking a break from running the high-tech ride-sharing company — a company that is under fire for everything from allegedly stealing trade secrets to sexism in the workplace.

UBERThe topic came up at an Uber board meeting Sunday, Reuters is reporting. It is not known how long the leave of absence would be for Kalanick.

The board discussed “the possibility that Kalanick might return in a role with less authority,” perhaps as a CEO with fewer responsibilities and more oversight or in a position other than the company’s chief executive, Reuters is reporting.


The board also talked about making changes to Uber’s management as part of an internal sexual harassment probe, sources “familiar with the situation” told Reuters.

Uber has fired more than 20 employees as a result of that probe, while others have been given warnings. Aside from its own investigation into the matter, Uber asked former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an inquiry as well.

Holder’s probe resulted in a number of recommendations to the board. The board on Sunday voted to adopt all of his recommendations, according to the report.

Uber has had a troubled year, facing sexism allegations and issues with disgruntled drivers, not to mention being accused of stealing trade secrets from Alpahbet’s self-driving vehicle division, Waymo and being slapped with a $20 million fine by the FTC.

If that were not enough, Uber’s popularity took a hit over Kalanick’s involvement in President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council. Kalanick’s failure to immediately condemn an order signed by Trump back in January that suspended immigration to the United Sates from Muslim countries led to public outrage. A #DeleteUber campaign was started via social media and, although Kalanick did resign from the advisory council, it was not before losing some 200,000 customers.

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