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Kalanick & Michael Out, Martello In at Uber?

More shake-ups are coming to Uber after a meeting Sunday, in which the board of directors reportedly voted to accept all of the recommendations made by former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder's law firm, Covington & Burling, has been in the midst of a months-long investigation into scandals at the ride-hailing company.

Holder's full recommendations will be made public to Uber employees -- and presumably the public -- tomorrow, but anonymous sources have told the New York Times that Uber's directors are considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis Kalanick, but may leave the decision up to him. Whether Uber's Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael, who has been involved in many of Uber's past imbroglios, should also be forced out was apparently on the meeting agenda as well.

At the same time, the board has reportedly approved the addition of Nestle exec and Alibaba board member Wan Ling Martello as an independent director to help right the ship.


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The full report will likely be available tomorrow, but in the meantime catch up on all the Uber drama here on Women in Comms and Light Reading:

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kq4ym 6/22/2017 | 12:27:35 PM
Re: Emil Michael out It will be interesting to watch how they handle the PR and how all the bad news may or may not even affect in the long run profits and customer use. Unfortunately folks have a short memory and customer loyal seem to stay that way no matter what.
Phil_Britt 6/15/2017 | 10:41:31 PM
Re: Emil Michael out After that board meeting, it looks like his departure only the tip of the iceberg. An environment that welcomes such comments has more than one or two people who need to go.
Sarah Thomas 6/13/2017 | 11:20:01 AM
Emil Michael out Michael is officially out at Uber. Here is his goodbye email to employees: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3862991-Email-From-Departing-Uber-Executive.html. No word on the rest of Holder's recommendations, if Kalanick will take a leave of absence or other reformations coming quite yet.
Phil_Britt 6/12/2017 | 7:48:57 PM
Re: Kalanick's leave You're right about taking a break after such a tragedy, but the best bet for Uber after all of the allegations may be entire new leadership.
Sarah Thomas 6/12/2017 | 12:18:44 PM
Kalanick's leave It should be noted that a leave of absence may come at a good time for Kalanick anyway. His mom died tragically in a boating accident last month and his dad was badly injured. He may be happy to take it as a result. 

That aside, is a three-month leave enough? Would Uber not survive without his hard-driving personality at the helm? That's a possibility given that he's gotten them to where they are today, for better AND for worse.
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