New York Times sources say Uber discussing leave for CEO


It is unclear, though assumed, if Michael's potential resignation would be related to a report prepared by former Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Uber's workplace culture.

Top executives of ride-hail giant Uber, CEO Travis Kalanick and Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael, will possibly find themselves in hot water as the corporate board of directors decides their fate with the company.

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. Last week, Eric Alexander, the company's president of Asia business, was sacked after it came out that he obtained medical records of a woman in India who was raped by her driver.

San Francisco-based Uber is valued at almost $70bn (£55bn) but is yet to make a profit.

The SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal, left Uber after it emerged he had not disclosed he had left Google a year earlier amid allegations of sexual harassment.

At the time, the BBC reported that a 26-year-old was taken to a secluded area and raped after booking a ride home with Uber. That would effectively remove one of Kalanick's allies from the company and destabilize the top level of leadership at Uber.

In addition to the sexual harassment probes, investors have lambasted the company for having a culture "plagued by disrespect;" a leaked video showed Kalanick berating a driver over fares; Google filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company claiming it stole self-driving auto technology; a New York Times expose uncovered Uber's secretive Greyball tool meant to thwart authorities in 2014 and a long list of top executives have stepped down.

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Kalanick himself has been dealing with some major problems within the company, including a leaked 2013 internal email outlining rules regarding conduct including sex with coworkers at an Uber party thrown in Miami.

If Mr Michael does leave it would be the latest high-profile departure from Uber.

Employees and close watchers of the company worry that even the most damning conclusions of the Holder investigation could be ignored.

More incidents like this could continue to surface, as a second report which will cover culture and diversity at Uber will be published next week. She added that she was committed to getting the number of harassment complaints at Uber down to zero.

Incidentally, the idea for the time-off was Kalanick's, who proposed it after the accident that took his mother's life.

On Tuesday, Uber responded to that report's findings by saying it had fired 20 employees for a variety of reasons, and was increasing training and adopting new policies.