Many key employees, most notably CEO Travis Kalanick, have left the beleaguered ridehailing company since the end of February. Considering Uber’s highly publicized struggles of late—the company has been accused of sexual harassment by a former engineer and been named in a lawsuit that claims it stole self-driving technology from Google's Waymo, among several other hits—it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the trends aren't related.
Here’s a recap of the high-profile Uber executives who have left the company in recent months:
June 20: Travis Kalanick, CEO and co-founderAfter months of controversy, Kalanick officially stepped down as CEO of the company he helped found amid intense pressure from investors. In a statement obtained by several media outlets, Kalanick said, "I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight." His ultimate exit came a week after he announced a leave of absence, a development that came with Uber releasing recommendations put forth by Covington & Burling, the law firm that completed an independent investigation into Uber's culture.
June 12: Emil Michael, SVP of businessMichael, who was known as CEO Travis Kalanick's second in command, left the company after a board meeting in which Uber's directors discussed the findings of an investigation led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his legal partner Tammy Albarrán. The report recommended that Michael leave the company. The board is said to have accepted all of the recommendations that arose from the report.
June 7: Eric Alexander, president of Asia Pacific business
The company fired Alexander after he mishandled records related to a rape case. Reports alleged that Alexander obtained medical records of a woman who was raped during an Uber ride in India several years ago because he doubted her story. He then showed the records to CEO Travis Kalanick and another executive; the three of them reportedly speculated that rival Ola was behind the incident and became suspicious that the rape hadn’t actually happened.