Rumors have been circulating that Uber’s former chief government, Travis Kalanick, is angling for a return to the helm of the experience-hailing firm.
Now, it appears, Uber co-founder and board member Garrett Camp needs to put these rumors to relaxation.
“Our CEO search is the board’s prime precedence,” Camp wrote in a Monday e mail to staffers, which was obtained by Recode. “It’s time for a brand new chapter and the appropriate chief for our subsequent part of progress. Regardless of rumors I’m positive you’ve seen within the information, Travis is just not returning as CEO. We’re dedicated to hiring a brand new world class CEO to steer Uber.”
Recode reported final week that Kalanick, who continues to be on Uber’s board, was telling individuals he was “Steve Jobs-ing it” — a reference to the Apple co-founder who was ousted from his firm however later made a triumphant return.
Uber declined to remark Tuesday on the hiring course of and on the report about Camp’s e mail.
Kalanick resigned as CEO in June after a spate of excessive-profile scandals, and it’s not but clear who will fill his footwear.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman was floated as a candidate, however she introduced in late July that she wouldn’t take the job.
Uber board members have whittled the listing of potential chief executives to 3 candidates — all males, departing Basic Electrical chief Jeff Immelt amongst them — in response to a Washington Publish report that stated the board is predicted to decide earlier than Labor Day.
Uber is not any stranger to controversy, having sparred with regulators, fought lawsuits from disgruntled drivers and been accused by rivals of enjoying soiled. Kalanick, who co-based Uber with Camp, was credited for its success and was lengthy seen as untouchable.
However the relentless string of scandals that erupted this yr proved an excessive amount of even for him.
Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote a weblog publish in February accusing the corporate of systemic sexual harassment and canopy-ups. Video emerged displaying Kalanick berating an Uber driver. A former government was accused of violating a passenger’s privateness by mishandling her medical data. The corporate was sued by Google’s self-driving car arm, which accused Uber of stealing its commerce secrets and techniques. An unbiased investigation into the corporate’s tradition commissioned by Uber’s board resulted in 20 terminations and the advice that the corporate take away some duties from Kalanick.
Kalanick resigned beneath strain from buyers, who believed Uber wouldn’t have the ability to flip over a brand new leaf with him nonetheless on the helm. A staff of executives who as soon as reported on to Kalanick at the moment are operating the corporate whereas it searches for a brand new chief government.