Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, has announced earlier this week that he will take an indefinite leave of absence as the embattled company released a damning report on its workplace culture that called on the company to “review and reallocate” Kalanick’s responsibilities.
“I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team,” Kalanick wrote in an email to staff on Tuesday that referenced the death of his mother last month in a boating accident. “If we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.”
Kalanick’s leave comes at a time of considerable turmoil for the ride-hail app. On Sunday, the board of directors voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of a workplace review led by the law firm of the former US attorney general Eric Holder.
Further complicating the situation, venture capitalist David Bonderman resigned from Uber’s board of directors Tuesday evening after making a sexist comment at the all-staff meeting where the Holder report’s recommendations were presented.
The report’s recommendations, made public Tuesday, are notable for how rudimentary many are for such a large company with a valuation as high as $70bn. The report, for example, calls for training human resource personnel on “the effective handling of complaints”, training senior management and executives in leadership, and the introduction of a policy banning romantic relationships between employees and their managers.
Uber commissioned the inquiry and report following the publication of a viral blogpost by the former engineer Susan Fowler, who described her experience of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the company. Fowler responded to the report’s release on Twitter, where she reacted to a comment about its lack of an apology, saying, “Ha! Yeah, they’ll never apologize. I’ve gotten nothing but aggressive hostility from them. It’s all optics.”
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- Indefinite leave for Kalanick.