Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

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Giugno 17, 2017

Pressure has continued to mount on Kalanick after a video emerged of him verbally attacking an Uber driver. Downward spirals in tech don't often end well. Holder's recommendations for the company include a shakeup of Uber leadership - including a three-month leave of absence for Kalanick.

The other report, a separate audit by former United States' attorney general Eric Holder, has been reviewed by a couple of Uber board members and is to be released to employees on Tuesday.

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.

Kalanick has taken time off in the past two weeks after his mother died and his father was injured in a boating accident.

Meanwhile, Uber is bringing on a new, independent board member, the company confirmed Monday. Ever since 2009, Kalanick has worked endlessly to make Uber what it is now, a near $70 billion entity.

The executive shuffle at Uber has officially begun.

Uber has fired more than 20 employees for infractions including sexual harassment and discrimination.

Other top positions were vacated this year as Uber was hit by one negative headline after another. Having joined Uber from Klout in 2013, Michael oversaw Uber's broader business strategy, including partnerships and fundraising. No confirmation on that decision has yet been announced, though Reuters has it from a source that Kalanick is "likely" to take a leave, though a final decision was apparently not reached on Sunday. 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. Uber's board did not comment on Kalanick's future at the company.

Uber's long-time head of business, Emil Michael, has left the company, according to an Uber spokesperson.

"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick later said in an email to employees about the exchange. Seeing Kalanick step down, even temporarily, would come as a surprise, given the large power that he wields at the company. However, it is worth noting that disciplinary actions against Uber executives have so far had mixed results.

Fowler's post in February has contributed to the scrutiny of Uber's culture, particularly in regard to its treatment of women.

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