Uber's Legal Department Drives Forward Without Travis

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Legal consultants and private-practice attorneys say Uber’s legal department needs to sort out a reporting structure and how to handle the Covington report without former CEO Travis Kalanick there to lead.

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  • DS

    It is a good move for Uber‘s board to ask Travis Kalanick to leave. This good move would be undone if the board appointed Ms. Yoo to become acting CEO. Yoo is part of Uber‘s credibility problem. She knew of and did not stop programs like God View, Hell, and Greyball to exist, which means she is a Kalanick yes-man. She also fired lawyers from her own legal team for questioning her and Kalanick‘s judgment on a change to their information retention policy. Her firings reportedly led to other lawyers quitting. Lawyers don‘t quit jobs like these unless they are seriously frustrated or disappointed with their managers and leaders. Perhaps Mr. Kalanick is happy with Ms, Yoo‘s performance and promoted her to CLO legitimately, but to many it appears Yoo was moved into the CLO role to be buffered from having to deal directly with the law department that had been demoralized by her. Appointing Yoo as acting CEO would be 2 steps back for Uber. Also the board should have the new GC report directly to the new CEO, not to the CLO who was part of the problem.

  • Leo

    The sheer volume of open positions at the executive level combined with the absence of an obvious (even if only interim) CEO shows the disastrous leadership abilities and culture brought to the table by Kalanick. Coming up with a great idea does not make one a great leader, obviously....

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