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Ubers CEO Found an Unhappy Compromise

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Ubers CEO Found an Unhappy Compromise

Posted By John Allen

Travis Kalanick’s leave of absence from Uber Technologies Inc. attains just about everyone unhappy. Whether you want the chief executive officer to remain or run, it’s a disappointment because it tries to split the difference. If you’re a Kalanick loyalist and would like to see him continue to have a big role at the company, this is a moment of weakness. If you think Kalanick is the core problem at Uber, there was a failure to act decisively, and he still remains in the mix. The fact that neither camp is happy merely helps fuel existing conflicts further.

Kalanick’s role at Uber remains–by far–the most important factor within the company. If the goal is to put the company’s controversial past behind it, then keeping Kalanick on as CEO seems like it will be a barrier to that, at least so long as there’s a large contingent that thinks he needs to go. Kalanick allegedly played a role in the India rape debacle and attended the South Korean karaoke bar that was the subject of a human-resources assert. He’s CEO of a company that allegedly failed to respond to Susan Fowler’s human-resources grievances. And then, after a more thorough review of personnel infractions, the company fired more than 20 people. Emil Michael, who was ousted as a result of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s recommendations, wasn’t the guy in charge–just the guy’s closest confidant.

Some Uber insiders now believe that if Kalanick wanted to set these scandals behind him, he took the wrong route. He hired Holder to investigate the company and devoted his statute firm a wide berth to dig into scandals. This eliminated Kalanick’s they are able to take credit for the housecleaning. Instead, it seemed more like an indictment of his leadership. The public Holder recommendations, which were approved unanimously by the board, diminish Kalanick’s role by giving a lot of the day-to-day decision-making to a still-hypothetical chief operating officer and more power to the board of directors.

A lot hangs on the COO. Kalanick is expending much of his time searching to fill the role. Some Uber employees seem to be waiting around hoping this person will be some kind of messiah. After the experience with Jeff Jones, the former Target chief marketing policeman who worked as Uber’s president for six months before fleeing, we’ll have to wait and see.

It seems like Kalanick could weather the blizzard here. Sunday’s board meeting may have been the peak moment of vulnerability. It reminds me of another company, Zenefits. In that case, the board basically scared the crap out of the Ceo who controlled the company. They convinced him that he could face a lot of difficulty for government decisions he’d made and that it would be less painful merely to leave. They negotiated a peaceful deviation, and then turned around and seemed to pin the blame for everything on him. When a founder has absolute control, that’s the playbook: Set the fear of god in their own homes and hope that they relent. Kalanick is still in the mixture, but Uber’s turmoil isn’t nearly over.Eric Newcomer

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