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More diversity, less booze: Key changes recommended to Uber

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:41

Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick, told employees today he'll take an indefinite leave of absence from the ride hailing company.

In an email sent to staff on Tuesday, he wrote: "Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day". Holder recommended that Uber use performance reviews to hold senior managers accountable by setting metrics for improving diversity and responsiveness to employee complaints.

Kalanick said he's responsible for the company's current situation and needs to become a better leader. It is going to be even harder for Uber as the company is still looking for a clear No. 2 who could run things in Kalanick's stead.

Emil Michael, the company's SVP of Business, is also out, according to Recode.

The report also recommends adding more independent directors and replacing its chairman, Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, with an independent chairman. It also highlights the need for Uber to name a COO who could take on some of Kalanick's "day to day" work. Since then speculations were making rounds on the internet about some strict action board may suggest to the management.

In March, Uber president Jeff Jones stepped down from his job, less than a year after being appointed, saying his "beliefs and approach to leadership" were "inconsistent" with what he had experienced at the company. And just last week, Uber fired at least 20 people as part of the internal investigation into sexual harassment at the company.


In addition, the report says that diversity and inclusiveness should be a key value for Uber that's included in management training.

The Holder report called for "an ethics and culture committee" to oversee Uber's efforts to maintain ethical business practices.

Although he's now officially taking a leave from Uber, Kalanick reportedly hasn't been at the company's San Francisco headquarters since his mother was killed in a boating accident in May. Externally Kalanick and his executive team have been blamed for creating a bro culture rife with misogyny.

While Uber released Holder's recommendations, the full report was kept private to protect the privacy of those filing complaints. "The recommendations will be released to the employees on Tuesday", a representative for the board said in a statement.

Claims about Uber's sexist work environment were ironically confirmed at the very same meeting, when one of its board members, the billionaire David Bonderman, joked that more women on the board would merely lead to "more talking".

CEO Kalanick's brashness and temperament was caught on an Uber driver's video camera earlier this year when the driver was berated by the CEO for complaining about lowered wages. Kalanick said he would be available "as needed" for the "most strategic decisions " but would generally be allocating responsibilities to the company's leadership team-or what remains of it after weeks of high-profile departures.

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