Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick reportedly told employees in a staff-wide email that the main reason he is leaving the battered company is to work on personal issues.
Kalanick’s departure comes as former Obama-era attorney general and hired investigator Eric Holder presented his recommendations Tuesday to Uber’s board of directors and roughly 12,000 employees, one of which included a leave of absence for the leader.
While Kalanick says he is leaving because of the tragic loss of his mother, who died during a boating accident, it is also presumably because he has been at the helm while several ordeals — like allegations of sexism — have peppered the ride-sharing company.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wrote to his company’s employees in an email before going on leave.Here is a copy of the mail:-
To Uber employees,
For the last eight years, my life has always been about Uber. Recent events have brought home to me that people are more important than work, and that 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.
The ultimate responsibility, for where we’ve gotten and how we’ve gotten here rests on my shoulders. There is, of course, much to be proud of but there is much to improve. For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team. But 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.
During this interim period, the leadership team, my directs, will be running the company. I will be available as needed for the most strategic decisions, but I will be empowering them to be bold and decisive in order to move the company forward swiftly.
It’s hard to put a timeline on this – it may be shorter or longer than we might expect. Tragically losing a loved one has been difficult for me and I need to properly say my goodbyes. The incredible outpouring of heartfelt notes and condolences from all of you have kept me strong but almost universally they have ended with ‘How can I help?’. My answer is simple. Do your life’s work in service to our mission.
That gives me time with family. Put people first, that is my mom’s legacy. And make Uber 2.0 real so that the world can see the inspired work all of you do, and the inspiring people that make Uber great.
See you soon