Amidst accusations that top executives at Uber turned a blind eye to sexual harassment, among other corporate misbehavior, the ride-hailing service company's board of directors met on Sunday to discuss the company's leadership, just as an investigation's findings on its troubled culture is about to be released.
According to an article in the New York Times, Uber directors were also discussing the circumstances surrounding a three-month leave of absence for Travis Kalanick, Uber's CEO and founder of the nearly $70 billion company.
An anonymous source disclosed to the New York Times that Uber’s board would also accept the recommendations made in a report by the former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., who was retained to investigate the company’s internal culture. Among the recommendations, one included the departure of a top lieutenant to Mr. Kalanick, Emil Michael.
If the moves are approved, Mr. Kalanick's involvement may be cut back in the company, and it may also strip him of an ally, which is a significant shift for a chief executive who had been dubbed an exemplar and innovative leader.
Mr. Kalanick was the one who suggested he take time off after the loss of his mother, and his father's hospitalization last month due to a boating accident. Since Uber's founding in 2009 Mr. Kalanickhas been absorbed by work, and due to the current circumstances, he had told people he might need a break. However, if he does indeed take leave, it may be interpreted as a repudiation of the aggressiveness that he has brought to Uber.