Uber's CEO and cofounder Travis Kalanick steps down

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 25, 2017

Outside experts said the only way to change Uber's culture was for Kalanick to step aside.

"That doesn't mean they're going to get her", the source added. Sandberg is reportedly mulling a run for U.S. President, and taking the top job at the company would come with a great deal of reputational risk, analysts say.

Uber "is the very definition of a toxic leadership culture" and Kalanick "set the tone", said Jason Hanold, chief executive officer and managing partner at human resources executive recruitment firm Hanold Associates.

Huffington declined to comment when contacted by Inc.

Representatives for Uber and Sandberg didn't immediately respond to the Post's requests for comment.

Rachel Holt, a fast-rising executive who heads Uber's North American operations, could be in the running.

February 24 - A second former Uber employee blogs anonymously about "chauvinistic, racist and homophobic" attitudes she says she experienced there.

Kalanick and other executives were also criticised for the handling of a crisis in India after an Uber driver was arrested for raping a passenger.

A source close to Menlo Ventures, which led one of Uber's early financing rounds, told Reuters that the firm helped write a letter calling for Kalanick to step down.

Still, a new chief will be a dramatic change for the eight-year-old startup-most recently valued at $70 billion. In a blog post on Medium published on Tuesday, Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, who has long aligned himself with Kalanick, called Uber's problems serious.

Kalanick had already been on a leave of absence aimed at restoring confidence in the scandal-plagued ridesharing giant, but on Tuesday quit completely after five of the company's major investors demanded his departure, the paper said, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. In February, Alphabet's self-driving auto unit, Waymo, filed a lawsuit against Uber alleging trade secret theft.

Uber has faced ongoing scrutiny over allegations of workplace harassment, a criminal probe into its attempts to evade regulators, a lawsuit over trade secret theft brought by Waymo (its competitor in the self-driving vehicle industry), and a lawsuit brought by a woman who alleges her medical files were improperly shared by Kalanick and other executives.

Kalanick declared simply a week ago that he was withdrawing of nonattendance from the organization taking after the arrival of a report into Uber's critical organizational culture by previous Attorney General Eric Holder. That tone was set by Mr. Kalanick, who has aggressively turned the company into the world's dominant ride-hailing service and upended the transportation industry around the globe.

A report by The New York Times claims Uber managers groped, yelled at and threatened employees.

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