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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has admitted he needs leadership help, after a string of incidents has tarnished Uber’s trust with its employees, investors, and customers.
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Now he’s looking to hire a COO to be a peer and partner in Uber’s future.
In Silicon Valley, it’s become somewhat of a tradition to bring in a veteran executive when the founder/CEO is looking for leadership help.
Kalanick announced the decision to employees at an all-hands meeting on Tuesday, as first reported by Recode.
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Tuesday said he’s seeking a chief operating officer after a series of scandals over the past two weeks shook the company.
“This morning I told the Uber team that we’re actively looking for a Chief Operating Officer: a peer who can partner with me to write the next chapter in our journey,” Kalanick wrote in company blog post.
“It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up,” Kalanick wrote last week.
A string of other setbacks followed — a New York Times investigation uncovered instances of Uber managers harassing and threatening employees, two executives stepped down, and a second employee published a blog post describing sexism within the company.
The news comes one week after Kalanick’s promise to get “leadership help,” which he made when a video of him arguing with an Uber driver over fares went viral.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told employees he’s looking for a COO
Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive officer, notified his employees this morning that the company is actively looking for a chief operating officer.
It’s been riddled with allegations of sexual harassment and sexism, two executives leaving the company and a leaked video Kalanick going off on an Uber driver about fares.
“This morning I told the Uber team that we’re actively looking for a Chief Operating Officer: a peer who can partner with me to write the next chapter in our journey,” Kalanick wrote on Uber’s blog today.
This comes following a report from The Information that Kalanick was planning to appoint a second-in-command executive.
Kalanick apologized for his behavior shown in the video, admitting that he needs leadership help and that he intends to get it.