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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Is Taking a Leave of Absence

The news comes a day after his right-hand man, Emil Michael, left the company.

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BY Biz Carson - 14 Jun 2017

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Travis Kalanick is taking time away from Uber to deal with his family tragedy, according to an email sent to the company.

Kalanick will also be stripped of some duties and the board will appoint an independent chair to "limit his influence", Bloomberg reported.

It's not known when he'll return. Uber did not respond to immediate request for comment.

The CEO had been weighing a leave of absence from the company that's been grappling with a series of cascading crises. Kalanick has also been dealing with his own personal tragedy after the unexpected loss of his mother during a boating accident over Memorial Day weekend.

Even a few hours before Tuesday's company meeting, Kalanick had reportedly not made up his mind on what he wanted to do.

His recusal from the company was not a recommendation from the Holder report, but something Uber's board discussed with the CEO during an emergency board meeting on Sunday. On Monday, his right-hand man and closest confidant, Emil Michael, left the company.



This post originally appeared on Business Insider.

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