Travis Kalanick takes leave
Uber boss Travis Kalanick is set to take a leave of absence as his firm finds itself in the middle of harassment and discrimination claims.
He also needs time to grieve for his mother, who died in a boating accident last month.
Kalanick told employees about his decision in an email as the firm was urged to transform its toxic culture.
“It’s hard to put a timeline on this,” the 40-year-old wrote about his break from the business. “It may be shorter or longer than we might expect.”
Referring to his mother’s death, he said: “I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve.”
He also requires space “to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team”.
“If we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve,” he added.