Uber executives' fates uncertain, but company says change is coming


Sunday's board meeting capped a hard stretch for the ride-hailing company, which is trying to weather an investigation into its workplace culture. "The Board unanimously voted to adopt all the recommendations of the Holder Report", Uber said in a statement, TechCrunch reported.

Since the investigation started in March, Kalanick has been at the center of Uber's harassment scandal as reports from former employees claimed the company's culture and tone was set from the top.

Earlier this year, Uber's general counsel recommended that Emil Michael take a leave of absence until the results of the Holder report were delivered.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Chief Business Officer Emil Michael is planning to resign as soon as Monday.

Kalanick and two allies on the board have voting control of the company.

Uber spokesman Matt Kallman said that he wasn't sure the company would make a statement after the meeting.

This was after an explosive blog post from former Uber engineer Susan Fowler in February this year, alleging that she was sexually harassed and the management ignored multiple reports during her year-long stint at the company.

As part of its attempt to draw a line under its recent problems, Uber said it had appointed Wan Ling Martello, a Nestle executive and Alibaba board member, as an independent director.

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Amid the departure of the company's president and head of finance, Kalanick has made a series of high-profile hires focused on branding and leadership. There have been reports that top officials, including Uber's CTO and one of its board members, might be put under the microscope.

Uber told employees this week that more than 20 people have been fired after a company investigation into harassment claims, marking one of the most aggressive responses by the ride-hailing startup to its controversy thus far.

"It's clear this video is a reflection of me - and the criticism we've received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", he said at the time.

Kalanick also faces personal crisis, as his mother died at the end of May when she was involved in a boating accident.

Uber may be run by a management committee, though a single internal executive could also be selected.

San Francisco-based Uber is valued at almost $70bn but has yet to turn a profit.

After a tumultuous few weeks for Uber, we're finally seeing real changes at the company.