will Uber's chief executive and founder Travis Kalanick take time away from the company, citing the need to grieve for his recently deceased mother. Fred Katayama reports.
Uber founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick is taking time away from the company. In an email sent to employees on Tuesday, he said he needs time to grieve for his recently deceased mother and groom his leadership skills. Uber also released recommendations from an investigation into Uber's culture and practices led by the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The inquiry called for reducing Kalanick's sweeping authority and instituting more controls over spending, human resources and the behavior of managers. Karl Brauer of Cox Automotive: (SOUNDBITE) KARL BRAUER, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CONTENT AND EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER, COX AUTOMOTIVE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "This is a really critical time in this race for the autonomous car. I mean, there are no, you know, nobody is taking this more seriously than the industry at large. And there are a lot of players who want to win this race. And, I think, that puts additional pressure on everyone, including Uber to be efficient, be focused, and be successful. And there kind of problems are the opposite of that." In February, a former female engineer published a blog post detailing what she described as sexual harassment and the lack of a suitable response by Uber senior managers. Since then, Uber has suffered a series of setbacks. They included a federal probe into the company's use of technology to evade regulators in certain cities, a trade secrets lawsuit filed by Alphabet's self-driving unit, Waymo, and an exodus of top executives.