Alphabet executive David Drummond this week announced he had stepped off the Uber board. As Amir wrote, Drummond hadn’t been attending Uber board meetings for some time.
How Uber and Alphabet maneuvered Drummond’s absences isn’t clear. The courts are unforgiving about ensuring directors have equal rights to information. I suspect what happened is that, as the rivalry between the two companies intensified, Drummond realized it would create complications for him at both Alphabet and Uber; it was easier if he agreed to recuse himself.