A Reuters report also suggests Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick is also likely to take a leave of absence.
“The Uber Board met today with Eric Holder and Tammy Albarrán”, said an Uber board spokesperson.
Uber’s directors were also said to be considering the exit of Emil Michael, senipr vice president of business at Uber.
The Uber board is reportedly considering asking CEO Travis Kalanick to temporarily step aside, with big changes planned for Uber’s management practices. Considering that we have been hearing reports of Emil Michael’s impending departure from the company since days, this isn’t really s surprise. Michael also allegedly saw the medical reports of a rape victim that had been obtained by another Uber executive, Recode reported on Friday. One of its recommendations called for Kalanick’s departure. Michael, the Times reported, hasn’t been asked to step down but is considering his options.
So far Uber has remained tight-lipped about what the fallout of that meeting will be, including how it will affect Kalanick’s future at the helm of the world’s most valuable startup.
The allegations and investigations marked just one scandal among many at the $70 billion company.
But Kalanick has acknowledged his management style needs improvement.
The review came after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler made claims of sexual harassment against her manager. Employees were notified that more than 200 harassment and discrimination claims had been investigated in a separate, parallel investigation by the law firm Perkins Coie.
That firm checked into 215 complaints, with 57 still under investigation.
Uber’s board of directors has been directly linked to the mishandling or suppression of sexual harassment and inequality complaints.
An Uber insider said the recommendations in Mr Holder’s report include introducing more control on spending, human resources and other areas where executives led by Mr Kalanick have had an unusual degree of autonomy for a company of Uber’s size. The recommendations from that report were reportedly approved unanimously by the board on a vote over the weekend.
“Women are helping with the COO search”, she said.
Sunday’s board meeting comes shortly after personal tragedy in Kalanick’s life.
“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.