Dana Olsen June 21, 2017
CEO Travis Kalanick joins Trump’s strategic and policy forum. (He later resigned).
The #DeleteUber hashtag, which emerged after the company allegedly tried to profit from immigration ban protests, goes viral.
|Feb 19||Former engineer Susan Fowler publishes blog post alleging rampant sexual harassment.|
|20||Prompted by Fowler’s blog post, Uber hires former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his colleague to lead an independent review of the company’s work environment and diversity. (Results expected week of May 30.)|
|23||Google’s Waymo issues a lawsuit alleging theft of self-driving car technology.
Senior director of engineering Raffi Krikorian steps down.
|26||Reports surface of errors in Uber's self-driving mapping tech.|
|27||Amit Singhal, SVP of engineering, resigns over sexual harassment allegations at his former workplace, Google.
|28||Video surfaces of Kalanick in heated argument with Uber driver.
|Mar 3||Reports emerge of secret Greyball tool, which Uber reportedly uses to circumvent law enforcement.
Senior engineer Charlie Miller leaves to join rival ridehailing company Didi Chuxing.
VP of product and growth Ed Baker steps down.
|8||Gary Marcus, director of AI Labs, resigns.|
|19||President Jeff Jones leaves, says he disagrees with Uber’s beliefs.|
|20||Brian McClendon, VP of maps and business platform and a named party in Waymo’s lawsuit, resigns.|
|Apr 11||Head of communications and policy Rachel Whetsone leaves because she’s reportedly tired of the drama.
|13||Reports surface that Uber used secret software to spy on Lyft drivers.|
|17||VP of global vehicle programs Sherif Marakby leaves.|
|27||Anthony Levandowski, the exec at the center of the Waymo lawsuit, steps down from his position as head of the self-driving car unit. He stays on in lesser role.|
|May 4||US Dept. of Justice opens criminal investigation into company's use of Greyball tool.|
|11||Judge denies Uber’s request to arbitrate Waymo lawsuit; refers case to US Attorney’s office for possible criminal investigation re: alleged theft of trade secrets.|
|19||Reports emerge that Uber is threatening to fire Levandowski unless he hands over confidential files at center of Waymo lawsuit.|
|21||The company begins looking for a new general counsel.|
|25||Josh Mohrer, general manager for Uber New York, steps down.|
|30||Uber fires Levandowski for his failure to hand over files.|
|31||Gautam Gupta, Uber's head of finance, leaves the company.|
|June 5||The company hires Frances Frei as its first SVP of leadership and strategy, saying "we know we all have a lot to learn from her."|
|6||The company hires former Apple exec Bozoma Saint John as its chief brand officer, presumably to help clean up the company's image.
Uber fires more than 20 employees as part of an ongoing sexual harassment and workplace culture investigation.
|7||Judge denies Uber's request to keep private an internal report re: self-driving technology—the report could be a pivotal piece of evidence in the ongoing Waymo lawsuit.
Eric Alexander, president of Uber's Asia Pacific business, is fired. Reports say the termination was due to his mishandling of the medical records of a woman who had been raped during a ride in India.
|8||Reports emerge that Uber is in advanced talks to acquire engineers and tech from Luxe, an on-demand valet startup that shut down its app earlier in the year.
The company appoints Brian Zajac as the new head of hardware engineering for its self-driving car unit.
|11||Uber's board of directors unanimously votes to adopt all recommendations put forth by the investigation into its company culture led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder. The company is said to be considering a leave of absence for Kalanick.|
|12||Emil Michael, SVP of business and Kalanick's second-in-command, leaves the company.|
|13||Uber releases recommendations from the investigation into the company's culture. HR chief Liane Hornsey says in a statement: "Implementing these recommendations will improve our culture, promote fairness and accountability, and establish processes and systems to ensure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated."
Kalanick officially begins a leave of absence.
David Bonderman steps down from Uber's board after making a sexist comment during an all-company meeting.
Reports emerge of who is running the company in Kalanick's absence. Fourteen executives are in charge, including the first Uber CEO Ryan Graves and CTO Thuan Pham.
A week after Eric Alexander was fired from his position as head of Uber's Asia Pacific business due to his mishandling of the medical records of a woman who was raped during an Uber ride, the victim files a lawsuit against the company for defamation and violation of privacy.
|20||Amid intense pressure from investors, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns.
Uber introduces its "180 Days of Change" initiative, which it says is meant to help change the experience for its drivers. "We know there's a long road ahead, but we won't stop until we get there," the company said in an announcement.
|21||Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley leaves Uber's board of directors. Gurley was reportedly one of the people who pushed for a leadership change amid the sexual harassment allegations.
For a more detailed look at the key employees who've left Uber since the beginning of the year, check out our timeline of executive departures.