Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief business officer plans to resign, and CEO Travis Kalanick will discuss with the board of directors taking a leave of absence, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal and other news sources late June 11. The executive shakeup would mark the latest instability that has beset the troubled ride-hailing company.
Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said Chief Business Officer Emil Michael will resign as early as June 12. Other news sources reported that Uber's board called an emergency meeting June 11, and Michael's departure was one of the recommendations included in a report by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on the company's corporate culture.
On June 6, Bloomberg News reported that the company has fired more than 20 employees following an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
Also last week, Uber fired Eric Alexander, president of business for Asia-Pacific, after he reportedly obtained the medical records of a woman who had been raped by an Uber driver during a ride in India. Alexander allegedly shared the details of the woman's records with several Uber executives, including both Kalanick and Michael.
That incident was among more than 200 cases of possible inappropriate behavior examined in the sexual harassment probe, which was carried out by law firm Perkins Coie LLP.