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Uber’s CEO To Take Leave of Absence

June 13, 2017

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Travis Kalanick, the tempestuous chief executive of Uber, will take a leave of absence from the ride-sharing giant just as it adopts new policies to improve its workplace environment. Though Uber has been enmeshed in a public scandal following revelations from current and former employees’ of sexual harassment, the company says Kalanick’s leave is for personal reasons. Kalanick’s mother was recently killed in a boating accident. Uber commissioned former attorney general Eric Holder to examine its workplace and draft recommendations. This week, the board said it unanimously accepted Holder’s findings. Uber also fired 20 employees and reprimanded 40 others in the wake of investigations into the company culture. “The ultimate responsibility, for where we’ve gotten and how we’ve gotten here rests on my shoulders,” Kalanick said. “There is of course much to be proud of but there is much to improve.”

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