Uber to add new board member amid ongoing turmoil, reports say

Uber to add new board member amid ongoing turmoil, reports say

According to the Wall Street Journal, Michael is expected to resign while Kalanick will most likely take a temporary leave of absent. He delivered the news in an email to the ride-sharing companies employees Monday morning, the New York Times reports.

After a Sunday meeting that lasted more than six hours, a representative for Uber Technologies Inc.'s board said directors approved several changes, without providing clarity on the fates of Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick or his confidant and head of business, Emil Michael.

Susan Fowler, the complainant, said that Uber's HR team had repeatedly ignored her sexual harassment complaints.

The latest turn of events marks Uber's first concrete steps to revamps its public image and operations that have been garnering a lot of negative publicity in recent months, with the firm developing a reputation of an aggressive startup that often clashes with regulators and nurtures a toxic corporate culture.

Michael will be replaced as the company's top business development executive by David Richter, now an Uber vice president, the company spokesman said.

Mr Kalanick has earned a reputation as an abrasive leader and was criticised earlier this year after being caught on video berating an Uber driver.

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His mother was killed and his father hurt last month in a boating accident near Los Angeles.

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

The biggest unanswered question remains the future of Kalanick as CEO of the company. One hundred cases yielded no action, and 57 were still under review, the company said.

Micah Alpern, principal at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney who helps companies change cultures suggests that Uber adopt something like the "see something, say something" slogan, encouraging employees to speak up when someone acts inappropriately. Michael, who was Uber's senior vice president of business, was rumored to be on the chopping block as board members discussed how to move past a series of scandals related to claims of sexual harassment and other workplace issues.

An additional investigation, lead by a separate law firm, resulted in the firing of more than 20 Uber employees after the firm received 215 claims of sexual harassment and other bad behaviors at the company. Foreshadowing the widespread reports of sexism at the company that came out this year, tech writer Sarah Lacy of PandoDaily had accused the company of sexism and misogyny back then, hearing enough rumors within, and she became a prime target of Michael's opposition research campaign.

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