Uber CEO Takes Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, under fire for the toxic work culture at the San Francisco company, will take a leave of absence from the ride-hailing company he founded in 2009, the executive announced Tuesday in a companywide email.

Kalanick did not specific the length of his suspension — saying it is “hard to put a timeline” on his leave.

The news came as Uber released all recommendations made by Eric Holder and Tammy Albarrán — who oversaw a months long probe the company and the allegations of sexual harassment.

The recommendations were unanimously approved by Uber’s board of directors on Sunday.

“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 in the company-wide email.

The CEO said his “directs” will run the company during his absence, although he’ll be available “as needed for the most strategic decisions.”

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