New York Times sources say Uber discussing leave for CEO

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His departure was said to be one recommendation of a report by former US Attorney-General Eric Holder about the company's culture and practices. Law firm Perkins Coie also conducted a separate investigation into the company focusing on similar concerns. His recommendations also included the removal of Senior Vice President Emil Michael. Michael's departure was reportedly one of the recommendations made in that probe.

Women in Comms' next networking luncheon is coming up on November 1 in London. Given how the company still didn't complete its search for a Chief Operating Officer that started in March, it's now unclear who would lead its management in case Kalanick ends up taking a leave of absence. Also this year, Uber was caught using a secret in-app tool called "greyball", that helped it evade cops and competitors in areas where the ride-sharing service was not legally allowed to operate.

The investigation, launched in February, was begun in response to a sexual harassment claim by a female engineer and other issues involving Uber's operations. Joseph, who is a close supporter of Kalanick's and joined the company in 2013, previously caused controversy for Uber during a 2014 event where he suggested the company could spend "a million dollars" investigating journalists who've reported critically on the company.

Travis Kalanick has been criticised for his management style which he admitted needs improvement.

According to the NYT report, if these moves are acted upon, it would scale back Kalanick's involvement in the company and take away his ally in the company that he built into a $70 billion entity.

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The company is now without a chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

The seven-member board, in addition to considering a leave for the chief executive officer, will vote on whether to adopt recommendations for changing its culture, the paper said, citing a person familiar with the situation.

Uber is expected to release at least some - an executive summary, perhaps - of the report publicly, though it remains possible that the entire report could be put online.

The idea for the time-off had come from Kalanick himself, who proposed it following the accident that took his mother's life.

Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it underpaid its New York City drivers for the past two-and-a-half years, an error that could cost the ride-hailing.

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