In March, Uber's president, Jeff Jones, resigned after less than a year on the job. The company is locked in a legal battle with Waymo over self-driving auto tech and faces a high profile investigation into sexual harassment, along with numerous other smaller scandals and controversies.
Travis Kalanick of Uber.
It would also come at a sensitive time to the CEO, Michael's personal friend and the company's co-founder, who likely discussed taking a leave of absence from the company at a private board meeting on Sunday.
The changes will be announced to the ride-sharing company's employees on Tuesday when details of an inquiry carried out by former US Attorney General Eric Holder will be revealed.
- Kalanick's mother was killed and his father seriously injured in a boating accident on May 26.
Concerning Kalanick, it is not clear whether he could take some time away from Uber and return in a capacity with less authority, or whether he would remain as chief executive but be held accountable on a much more scrutinised level, suggested a report from Reuters news agency. A representative for the board told the New York Times Sunday said the directors "unanimously voted" to adopt the recommendations, which will be represented to the company Tuesday. Uber did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Uber executive Eric Alexander was sacked on 7 June for mishandling the medical report of a woman who was raped by an Uber employee in India in 2014.
A separate internal investigation, led by law firm Perkins Coie, resulted in the dismissal of 20 employees last week for complaints around discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, retaliation and more.
The company has said that all recommendations from Holder's investigation are to be implemented.
As part of its attempt to draw a line under its recent problems, Uber said it had appointed Wan Ling Martello, a Nestle executive and Alibaba board member, as an independent director. He was at the center of one of Uber's earliest public scandals, when in 2014 he was allegedly caught bragging about spending $1 million to investigate the private lives of journalists who were critical of Uber.
The changes would also further destabilise the leadership at Uber, which has upended the transportation industry worldwide.
With there being a leadership void, Uber has now hired two women as senior executives.