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Uber’s Unfilled Board Seats

* Additional board seats authorized in nonpublic bylaws; Source: Articles of incorporation.

As Uber CEO Travis Kalanick looks for leadership help, one place he could turn is his board.

Uber has one of the largest private tech company boards, with seven voting members. But the company also has four vacancies, according to its charter, the only top private U.S. tech company that hasn’t filled the seats outlined in its charter. (See chart above.)

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Uber and Palantir each have one independent director—someone who doesn’t have a financial relationship to the company apart from board fees. That’s considered crucial to corporate governance at public companies, said Evan Epstein, director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School, but private companies often get away without one. Airbnb doesn’t have any.

Here’s The Information’s Uber organization chart, listing board members and top executives.

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