Travis Kalanick – The controversial former chairman of Uber, Travis Kalanick, has appointed two new members to the supervisory board of the US driver service provider on Friday. “The appointment of Ursula Burns and John Thain came as a complete surprise to Uber and his board of directors,” said a company spokesman.
Travis Kalanick was urged to resign from his position on the Management Board in June but is still on the supervisory board of Uber. There, the company founder still has nomination and voting rights. “Ursula and John have deserved business leaders with extensive experience on supervisory boards,” explained Kalanick. Burns was with Xerox, Thain among others with the investment bank Merrill Lynch. “I accept these appointments against the backdrop of a supervisory board proposes to change the board and to postpone voting rights in the company,” the founder announced. According to U. S. media reports, the power of Kalanick should be restricted to a supervisory board vote next week. The supervisory board is divided between supporters and critics of the company founder.
The dispute with the travel service provider seemed to be resolved at the end of August. With the appointment of Dara Khosrowshahi, the former head of the online travel agency Expedia, as the new director of Uber. But Kalanick’s decision showed that he is not prepared to leave the company. Kalanick was troubled by reports of sexism and unfair working conditions. He resigned in June under pressure from influential investors. Uber has been struggling for some time with accusations of an aggressive and sexist corporate culture. Since the beginning of the year, the taxi company, which is a thorn in the side of taxi companies worldwide, has lost several high-ranking employees.