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Uber CEO Kalanick Taking Indefinite Leave

Grieving mother's recent death, he'll work on improving leadership skills during time away.

by on Jun.13, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company to grieve his mother's recent death and work on his leadership skills.

As had been widely expected, Uber Technologies CEO Travis Kalanick has told employees that he will take an indefinite leave of absence to “grieve” for his mother, killed in a recent boating accident, while also taking time to work on the leadership skills that he admits need to be improved.

The move comes as Uber faces a mounting series of problems, from a lawsuit alleging it stole technical secrets from autonomous vehicle company Waymo to indications the ride-sharing giant has been losing momentum and market share as customers become increasingly disenchanted with Uber. On the same day Kalanick announced his temporary leave, the company publicly released the results of an investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder into allegations of widespread sexual harassment.

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“I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team,” Kalanick wrote to employees, adding that, “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.” (more…)