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Uber CEO takes leave, but who's in the driver's seat?Uber wants to clean up its reputation after a series of scandals. CEO Travis Kalanick takes a leave of absence and the company seeks to overhaul company culture.
It's been a bumpy ride for Uber the past few months, with one scandal after another. Now Uber's founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, is out for another unknown period of time. His duties may be reviewed and possibly reallocated by the board. They're saying he needs to grow up. He needs to become more professional, more business-like. Kalanick announced his leave of absence as 47 recommendations from Former US Attorney General were made public. Holder oversaw an internal investigation into sexual harassment accusations and the company's party culture. The report recommends implementing processes to improve leadership and accountability, creating a more professional environment, increasing diversity, and adding training courses. It says Uber needs to reformulate its company values and "it is vital that they reflect more inclusive and positive behaviors." Uber's recent problems began in February when former employee Susan Fowler blogged about alleged sexual harassment. A few weeks after, Kalanick was caught on camera yelling at an Uber driver. The company is also being sued over claims it stole self-driving car technology from Google. Kalanick acknowledged the ongoing problems. Quote, "I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs." He also said he would use time away to grieve the recent death of his mother. And he's really the face of the business. He's brains behind the business. It's unclear if Uber could be Uber without him. Uber already fired more than 20 employees last week. Senior vice president of business, Emil Michael, also resigned. The changes are unlikely to effect Uber drivers and customers, though rivals like Lyft could reap the benefits. In San Francisco, Lexy Savvides, cnet.com for CBS news.