Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned following a shareholder dispute in the company. Although Kalanick was relieved of his CEO position, he is still a member of the board and will take part in the company s decision-making. Following his exit from the company, a letter has sprung up in the form of a petition signed by over 1,000 Uber employees who strongly oppose the decision. These employees have also urged that Kalanick should return to the company in an operational role.
The letter, obtained by Axios, is a Google Doc and has been signed into by employees using their Uber credentials. The undersigned employees for this petition comprise of over 1,100 full-time Uber employees (and counting) . The letter comes within 12 hours of Kalanick s resignation and includes signatories who have worked with him for years to help create Uber from nothing .
The letter further reads, Yes, Travis is flawed, as we all are. But his passion, vision, and dedication to Uber are simply unmatched. We would not be here today without him, and believe he can evolve into the leader we need. He is critical to our future success.
Travis Kalanick founded the company in 2009 along with Garrett Camp which has now revolutionized transportation for cities across the world. Stressing on the fact that how Kalanick being the founding partner and the reason behind the idea of hailing a cab with just a tap, others have joined in lending their support. Present Uber employees and ex-employees as well have shared their support through Facebook posts. While the board may or may not consider Kalanick s return in an operational role, the search for the next CEO has already begun. ALSO READ: Travis Kalanick s resignation could have big impact on Uber s India foray
According to The Verge, Bill Gurley, one of the leaders on Uber s board and also part of the investors group behind wanting Kalanick to step down wants a fresh leadership. It is speculated that Uber might hire someone outside the company as the possible candidates within the company do not have enough operational experience. The report further puts a list of possible candidates in line for Uber s CEO position. These include Thomas Staggs, former CFO of The Walt Disney Company, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Alan Mulally former Ford CEO, Dave Clark who leads Amazon s global operations and customer service and, former eBay CEO John Donahoe.
It will be interesting to see who takes over as Uber s new CEO as the company is currently in turmoil. Uber has earned the tag of a toxic workplace as the company is said to condone bullying and sexual harassment. ALSO READ: Uber Mishaps: From data breach to CEO Travis Kalanick s leave of absence, here s everything that went wrong