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Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Uber Says Changes Are Coming, With Executives' Fates Uncertain

Uber Says Changes Are Coming, With Executives' Fates Uncertain

The Uber board of directors is said to have "unanimously voted to adopt all of the recommendations made in the report", according to the New York Times.

The changes will be announced to the ride-sharing company's employees on Tuesday when details of an inquiry carried out by former US Attorney General Eric Holder will be revealed.

The recommendations will be released to Uber employees tomorrow, the representative said.

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski is being accused by his former employer of taking the technology with him to set up his own company, Otto, which was subsequently bought by Uber for $680m previous year.

Holder's report is based in part on those 215 claims, which largely focused on discrimination and sexual harassment at the company.

Another publication reported that one of Mr Holder's recommendations was that Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice-president of business and a close friend of Mr Kalanick, should leave the firm.

Under Mr Kalanick, Uber has shaken up the taxi industry in hundreds of cities and turned Uber into the world's most valuable start-up, worth almost £54 billion. 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.

That said, Michael was the the company's most high profile executive to leave the company.

In addition to firing 20 employees, Uber said Tuesday that it was hiring an Apple marketing executive, Bozoma Saint John, to help improve its tarnished brand.

Uber's image, culture and practices have been largely defined by Kalanick's brash approach, company insiders and investors previously told Reuters. In March, Uber's president, Jeff Jones, resigned after less than a year on the job.

The board has been seeking to recruit a chief operating officer to assist the chief executive.

Uber's board of directors met yesterday to hear general allegations about the corporate culture.

According to Reuters, Kalanick and two allies on the board now have voting control of the company.

Kalanick proposed the idea of some time off, up to three months, after a boating accident last month killed his mother.

An Uber spokesman had no comment. Uber confirmed Alexander had left the company but declined to discuss the matter further.

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