Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Could Temporarily Leave Company, Report Says

People inside and outside of the company, including a number of former employees, were interviewed as part of the investigation conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his partner Tammy Albarran.

The recommendations would be released to employees on Tuesday, said a board representative, who wished to remain anonymous. Emil Michael, Uber's chief business officer, is expected to announce his resignation on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to sources speaking with the New York Times, the question of whether Kalanick should take a leave of absense rests in the hands of Garrett Camp, Uber's chairman, and board member Ryan Graves.

Privately valued at almost $70 billion, Uber operates in hundreds of cities around the world. The report was delivered first, early last week, to a subcommittee of the board consisting of Arianna Huffington, Bill Gurley, and David Bonderman, and now has been distributed to the entire board, including Kalanick. Michael also was one of the few executives who knew that Uber's former head of business in Asia, Eric Alexander, had shared medical records of a rape victim in India.

Ride-hailing service Uber has moved to shake up the company's leadership, a moved followed by accusations that company executives turned a blind eye to sexual harassment and other corporate misbehaviour, the media reported.

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

Uber's chief executive could be forced to take a leave of absence under changes being considered by the firm, reports say.

Uber's board of directors has been directly linked to the mishandling or suppression of sexual harassment and inequality complaints.

The report already resulted in the terminations of upwards of 20 employees last week.

Michael, whom many regard as Kalanick's closest confidant, was also at the center of an Uber scandal in 2014 when he told a Buzzfeed editor at a party that the company should spend millions of dollars to investigate journalists who were critical of the company.

While Kalanick's position in the company is relatively safe considering the "founder-friendly" governance structure at Uber, that of his allies might not be.

Holder's report is expected to have recommendations that include more oversight on areas including spending and revamped training processes for human resources staffers.

Kalanick has been mainly on leave since a tragic boating accident almost two weeks ago killed his mother and left his father in hospital.

  • Wendy Palmer