Uber to adopt all recommendations from AG after probe

Postado Junho 20, 2017

One of Uber's top executives and CEO Travis Kalanick's closest aid Emil Michael, has chose to leave the company.

Kalanick has been weakened by the allegations that, under his leadership, the company tolerated sexual harassment and sexism, prompting Holder's investigation.

The company has not confirmed what the recommendations are but they will be released to employees today. He's often described as the right-hand man of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Some of the board's directors still support Kalanick's management methods, while others are concerned about how the company was being managed.

According to various reports, Kalanick is also set to take a leave of absence from the company but the board is yet to make a decision on this move. The board reportedly considered this option during their meeting on Sunday, alongside the recommendations in Holder's report.

The recommendations follow an investigation undertaken by Holder and his legal partner, Tammy Albarrán - of the law firm Covington & Burling LLP - who were asked by Uber to investigate claims of sexual harassment in the company. Following this Uber board member Arianna Huffington said Kalanick needed to change his leadership style from "scrappy entrepreneur" to a "leader of a major global company".

The nine-member board of directors met for seven hours Sunday and voted unanimously to adopt all recommendations.

Uber's board is reportedly considering a leave of absence for Kalanick following his mother's death and father's injury in a serious boating accident last month. The investigation determined Uber management had a high tolerance for behavior prejudicial against women, Fortune reported Monday. The real reason could be how company executives dealt with sexual harassment and other issues, according to people close to the matter. Hundreds of employees are going to be interviewed and Emil Michael might be removed from the picture.

Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president of business, speaks with early Uber investor Jason Calacanis at a 2015 event at Uber's headquarters in San Francisco.

The turmoil has prompted a significant number of executives to leave the company in recent months. Seeing Kalanick step down, even temporarily, would come as a surprise, given the large power that he wields at the company.

"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick later said in an email to employees about the exchange.