Uber co-founder says Kalanick not returning as CEO: report

Uber co-founder says Kalanick not returning as CEO: report

Gone, for now: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking an indefinite leave of absence as Uber retools.

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Amid rumblings of a triumphant return, Uber co-founder and board member Garrett Camp told employees Monday that Travis Kalanick will not be coming back as the company's CEO.

In a companywide email, first reported by technology news outlet Recode, Camp wrote, “Despite rumors I'm sure you've seen in the news, Travis is not returning as CEO. We are committed to hiring a new world-class CEO to lead Uber.”

Recode reported last week that Kalanick said he is “Steve Jobs-ing it,” a reference to the late Apple co-founder who was forced out only to return and lead the company to glory.

Kalanick was ousted as CEO of the world’s most valuable start-up in late June after a series of revelations about Uber’s toxic workplace culture and accusations of sexism bubbled to the surface.

Since then, Uber’s board has been searching for a CEO to replace Kalanick. HPE CEO Meg Whitman, a former eBay CEO and Republican nominee for California governor, was initially on the short-list but said she wasn’t leaving HPE.

Micah Alpern, principal at consulting firm A.T. Kearney, said the possibility of Kalanick returning as CEO may show, both internally and externally, that Uber isn't committed to change. 

"Travis coming back could be a signal that change isn't going to happen," he said. 

With Whitman out, the field of potential CEO candidates has been whittled down to three men, media outlets have reported.

Uber has said it will choose a new CEO by September.

Uber declined to comment for this story.



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