Uber Board Sues To Force Controversial Ex CEO Off Board

Uber Board Sues To Force Controversial Ex CEO Off Board

Ryan Graves told Uber staff in an email Thursday that he will transition out of his role as senior vice president of global operations in mid-September. That revelation's impact was somewhat lessened by the fact that Graves would remain as a member of the board. For the uninitiated, Benchmark's lawsuit alleges that Kalanick purposefully packed the board with allies which could eventually pave the way for him to return as the company's leader, "Steve Jobs-ing" it, as he reportedly said.

The suit, which calls on a DE court to bar Kalanick from tinkering with the Uber board in any way, argued that Kalanick saw his resignation as unavoidable and finagled to "pack the board with loyal allies in an attempt to insulate his prior conduct from scrutiny and clear the path for his eventual return as CEO".

A spokesperson for Mr Kalanick said the legal action is "completely without merit and riddled with lies and false allegations".

In the lawsuit, Benchmark claims that it would not have agreed to give Kalanick the right to fill up three seats if it had known about his gross misconduct and mismanagement of the company.

The mismanagement Benchmark cites in the case includes sexual discrimination claims brought against Uber earlier this year, as well as the acquisition of autonomous trucking company Otto, which has led to a trade secret case filed against it by Google-owned self-driving vehicle unit Waymo. Waymo sued Uber earlier this year.

Kalanick resigned under pressure in June after a monthslong investigation into harassment and other behavior problems at the San Francisco-based company.

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Kalanick, who was forced to resign from Uber Technologies Inc.in June, is alleged to have failed to reveal to the company's board a range of misdeeds that have hurt the reputation of the company. They want Benchmark to step down from the company and divest at least 75 percent of its shares to lose board appointment rights, as The Verge reports. It's also asking the court to prevent Kalanick from participating in board meetings.

Benchmark's lawsuit and the group's retaliation come as two of the latest in Uber's series of turmoil, both in the media and in its internal proceedings.

Axios, which first broke the story, quoted a Kalanick spokesman who called the suit "a transparent attempt to deprive Travis Kalanick of his rights as a founder and shareholder". "Travis will continue to act in the interests of Uber and all of its stakehodlers and is confident that these entirely baseless claims will be rejected".

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Early this week, Uber Chairman and co-founder Garret Camp confirmed to the employees that Kalanick was not coming back as CEO. These scandals have led to halting of the Uber's self-driving auto after the engineer at the center of its development left the company.

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