Uber searches for new CEO, Mayer among candidates

Posted June 25, 2017

Ousted Uber Technologies Inc. head Travis Kalanick learned early past year that the engineer who until recently oversaw the company's driverless vehicle project possessed discs of information from Google, according to a court filing.

"The person who still best personifies Uber's potential is the person who left Tuesday night", said Bradley Tusk, an Uber investor and adviser.

Levandowski later told Uber he destroyed the files before Uber purchased his start-up for $US680mln in August 2016 and he was appointed to lead the group's self-driving team, the lawyers added.

So as Uber approaches its next chapter, here is a look back at the rollercoaster ride that is the fortunes of Uber and Travis Kalanick.

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"After facing problems including a "#DeleteUber" campaign earlier this year over its response to airport protests of Donald Trump's immigration ban, sexual harassment allegations, and a lawsuit from Alphabet's Google (googl) challenging the intellectual property of its self-driving vehicle project, Uber's record $68 billion valuation has come into question.

According to screenshots obtained by BuzzFeed, "Uber is TK and TK is Uber", referring to Kalanick's nickname. Because we have so many different subject matter issues, an overall corporate culture assessment is a good thing. We would not be here today without him, and believe he can evolve into the leader we need. The petition also stated that Kalanick is "critical to its future success".

The majority of Uber's investors may have wanted its co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick out, but some employees of the ride-hailing company are already calling for his return.

And it's not Google that is making the assertion about what Kalanick knew about these files.

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Travis Kalanick stepped down from the position of CEO Uber following the pressure from the company's board of directors. The petition even asks the company employees to show their concern by sending emails to the Uber board members Arianna Huffington, Bill Gurley and Garrett Camp.

The question of who will take Kalanick's place still hangs in the balance, but the company will likely have to make a decision soon.

The report, recommendations of which were adopted by the board, said Uber "should reformulate its written cultural values" to "reflect more inclusive and positive behaviors". He said he had accepted "the investors' request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight".

The document, dated April 11, 2016, references "Pre-Signing Bad Acts", which covers behaviour including fraud and trade-secrets theft, as well as "Post-Signing Specified Bad Acts".

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