22 FebMore turmoil for Uber as founder Kalanic bows to pressure and quits
Uber has confirmed its CEO and founder Travis Kalanick has quit his position with immediate effect.
The news comes amid several other high-profile departures in recent months, as well as complaints from drivers accusing the company of using AI o undercut driver pay and accusations from a former engineer of sexual harassment.
According to reports, Kalanic, who founded the company in 2011 and has held the position of CEO ever since, will remain on the company board.
“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,” said Kalanick.
A statement from Uber added: “Travis has always put Uber first. This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber.
“By stepping away, he’s taking the time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history. We look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board.”
It comes just week after he announced he was taking leave from his responsibilities, following the tragic death of his mother Bonnie, in a boating accident in Fresno County (May 28).