Uber’s CEO and founder Travis Kalanick has resigned after a series of controversies and exposed deep problems with its male-dominated culture.
The man most closely identified with the ride-hailing giant’s meteoric global ascent said he was ceding to investors’ wishes that he step aside, in part to avoid yet another conflict. Uber’s been dogged by numerous scandals this year, from allegations of sexual harassment and the use of “Greyball” software to bypass regulators to the mishandling of a 2014 Indian rape case.
Kalanick joins a string of departures, including head of business Emil Michael and President Jeff Jones. Kalanick admitted his own leadership failings after Bloomberg posted a video of the executive arguing with an Uber driver over pay, an incident that helped stoke simmering resentment among its chauffeurs. His departure comes weeks after the death of his mother in a boating accident.
“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement. He will remain on the board of directors, Uber said separately.