Uber may ask CEO Travis Kalanick to step down temporarily


Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president for business and the company's second in command, is leaving Uber.

A CEO's behavior sets the tone for the rest of the company, says Cindy Schipani, a business law professor at the University of MI who has taken part in investigations of corporate conduct.

Any void, critics said, would be tied to the sexist workplace environment that Kalanick did little to change.

"If Kalanick did leave, we think it would be very hard for him to come back", Mr Cakmak told Bloomberg. In the last four months, Uber lost a president and the heads of its autonomous driving unit, finance, mapping, policy, software engineering, and product and growth.

Last week, Uber fired 20 employees after 215 harassment complaints were reviewed by another law firm in a separate investigation.

Also at the meeting on Sunday, board members were expected to discuss Kalanick temporarily stepping away and possibly returning to a role with less authority.

The company has more than 12,000 employees and more than 1.5 million drivers worldwide, who are classified as independent contractors rather than employees.

Martello, a career operator, brings a great deal of financial experience to the company, having previously served as the CFO of Walmart International, the CFO of Nestle and is now on the board of directors and audit committee of Alibaba Group Holdings.

Uber remains the dominant company in the growing car-hailing sector.

Other women at Uber made similar claims about the same manager, Fowler wrote. That report is due out early this coming week, and will focus on how to fix broader issues surrounding the company culture at Uber. Kalanick also has been facing personal difficulties.

- Kalanick's mother was killed and his father seriously injured in a boating accident on May 26.

Experts say Uber's renegade culture of fighting regulators and skirting laws may have contributed to its problems. "It can be a juncture where there's a turnaround, or it could be that the company continues to have these difficulties". A representative for the board told the New York Times Sunday said the directors "unanimously voted" to adopt the recommendations, which will be represented to the company Tuesday.

Earlier this year, Uber's general counsel recommended that Emil Michael take a leave of absence until the results of the Holder report were delivered. Tim Stelloh reported from NY.