Recommendations on company improvements will be released to employees on Tuesday, a spokesman said.
At a staff meeting that day, employees were notified that more than 200 harassment and discrimination claims had been investigated in a separate, parallel investigation by law firm Perkins Coie. 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. An Uber board member iterated that the karaoke-escort bar incident was one of focal points of the report and that it made a strong recommendation to relieve Kalanick and Michael from their positions.
It’s not yet known what the reasons are for Kalanick’s possible three-month leave of absence, although according to reports he had already discussed with the board taking some time off following the death of his mother in a boating accident last month.
The biggest unanswered question remains the future of Kalanick as CEO of the company.
It is common, Chatman says, for company founders to be ill-equipped to lead an organization as it matures. Emil Michael, the company’s senior vice president and Kalanick’s right-hand man, has left the company, the source added.
The investigation began when a former employee Susan Fowler alleged that she was harassed when she worked for the company.
The Uber board is reportedly considering asking CEO Travis Kalanick to temporarily step aside, with big changes planned for Uber’s management practices. CEO Travis Kalanick called for an urgent investigation into the claims. Following a takedown of the company’s sexist culture by Sarah Lacey in PandoDaily, Michael said Lacey should be “personally responsible” for any woman who deletes the Uber app and is sexually assaulted.
Holder’s broad investigation into Uber’s office culture was launched after the public complaints about sexism which rocked the company earlier this year.
The company also plans to appoint Wan Ling Martello, an executive vice president at Nestle SA, to the board, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Uber announced last week that it had fired 20 employees as a result of the harassment probe. He later apologised, saying “I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up”.
Uber representatives did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Saint John most recently was head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes.