Uber Board to Discuss CEO's Future, Workplace Culture

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Uber has since faced other problems, including an intellectual property dispute over self-driving auto technology with Waymo, the self-driving vehicle business that operates under Google's parent company.

The company also has been criticized for its political ties in recent months, as well as run-ins with drivers and conflicts with regulators. Given those circumstances, Kalanick, who has worked nonstop since Uber's founding in 2009, had told people he might need a break.

Privately valued at $70 billion and operating in 80 countries, Uber seems to have as much potential as it does scandal.

Uber has acknowledged that it needs to bulk up its leadership, and this week hired Frances Frei, a professor from Harvard Business School, as vice-president of leadership strategy.

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

There have been a series of problems over the a year ago or more that have called Kalanick's leadership of the ride-share company into question.

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Many are speculating that if Michael does, in fact, leave Uber, it would actually help the company to fix some of its internal problems as well as to clean up its tarnished public image.

Uber's board includes Kalanick, his cofounder Garrett Camp, Uber's first CEO Ryan Graves, longtime Uber investor Bill Gurley and Arianna Huffington, among others.

The board, according to a person briefed on the matter, said they will discuss Kalanick taking time off from the company. Kalanick and partners from Uber's initial days are said to rule the board's voting power.

Uber has been under fire for months in the press, but this week, the drumbeat of negative headlines focused more squarely on Kalanick's controversial actions. Rachel Whetstone, the head of policy who quit in April, was seen as being one of the few people willing to stand up to the chief executive.

Uber also brought on former Apple executive Bozoma Saint John to become the company's new chief brand officer. It comes shortly after another law firm, Perkins Coie, submitted a separate report on sexual harassment and other employee concerns at the company. His absence at this point in the Uber investigation leaves company leadership in a tenuous position - particularly amidst claims of his involvement in the company's systematic issues with inequality and harassment.

Uber has been leaking pretty consistently since the report approached its conclusion, with a number of stories appearing last week including one about a senior Uber executive getting a rape victim's medical records released since an Uber driver perpetrated the crime.

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