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Uber Loses Top Executive As Its CEO Ponders A Leave Of Absence

Uber Loses Top Executive As Its CEO Ponders A Leave Of Absence

According to the report, Kalanick met with Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the matter in 2015.

Full view will be published shortly. Kalanick's confidante and Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael officially left the ride-sharing giant on Monday, with the company reportedly looking to add Nestle Executive Vice President Wan Ling Martello to its board in the near future.

The focus on Uber's working practises arose after ex-Uber employee Susan Fowler accused the company of having a culture of sexual harassment, gender bias and prejudicial behaviour in a February 2017 blog post.

Kalanick proposed taking time off last month after a boating accident that killed his mother and sent his father to the hospital.

It comes shortly after another law firm, Perkins Coie, submitted a separate report on sexual harassment and other employee concerns at the company. Uber executive Eric Alexander was sacked on 7 June for mishandling the medical report of a woman who was raped by an Uber employee in India in 2014. In the rest of the email, he advises employees against having sex with each other without proper consent or with those who aren't in the same chain of command, against drug use, drunk behavior and against talking to the press.

Last week Uber's finance chief, Gautam Gupta, said he was leaving, following NY general manager, Josh Mohrer, and the head of Uber's self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski, out of the door. Michael was understood to be the second most powerful person at Uber after CEO Travis Kalanick.

On the agenda at Sunday's meeting were a possible leave of absence for Mr Kalanick and potentially parting ways with Mr Michael.

Michael was involved in an incident in which an executive he managed obtained the medical records of a woman in India raped by an Uber driver. "I think a big part of this was making sure they had the legal basis to do so". In 2014 Michael reportedly suggested at a private dinner in NY that Uber should dig up dirt on journalists that criticize the company, which of course sparked outrage from journalists.

The company's board is being briefed Sunday about an investigation into sexual harassment and workplace culture at Uber, a source told CNNTech.

The company is now without a chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Uber may be run by a management committee, though a single internal executive could also be selected.


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