Uber CEO Still Considering Options for a Break

On Monday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was still discussing whether to take a leave of absence from his embattled ride hailing company, as his right-hand man, Emil Michael, was pushed out of the company. But he also has told the board of directors it would be a big problem for him to do so now, given the gaping leadership holes, according to someone briefed on the conversations.

The situation shows that one of the world’s most powerful private companies is still in limbo after a whirlwind weekend in which the Uber board voted to adopt major changes recommended by a probe into Uber's company culture. Those recommendations will be released to employees Tuesday.

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When Ms. Holzwarth last spoke to Mr. Kalanick, she said she asked him if he might consider stepping down from the CEO role to “take care of yourself.” He told her that perhaps 2,000 employees in his company might want him to leave, but the others (10,000-plus) needed him. “You’ll know when you’re a mother,” he told her, according to Ms. Holzwarth.

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