Uber board accepts all recommendations of probe into culture, practices

While Kalanick's position in the company is relatively safe considering the "founder-friendly" governance structure at Uber, that of his allies might not be.

Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president of business, speaks with early Uber investor Jason Calacanis at a 2015 event at Uber's headquarters in San Francisco.

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As one of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's closest confidants, Michael oversaw Uber's broader business strategy, including partnerships and fundraising.

Uber's board met on Sunday to consider recommendations from an investigation into sexual harassment and related issues led by the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder's report is based in part on those 215 claims, which largely focused on discrimination and sexual harassment at the company.

In 2014, Michael threatened to dig up dirt on a journalist who covered the company. Hundreds of employees are going to be interviewed and Emil Michael might be removed from the picture.

The presentation of the Holder report's recommendations to Uber employees on Tuesday will also mark one week since the embattled company, which is valued at $68 billion, announced that 20 employees had been fired over harassment claims.

Last week Uber's finance chief, Gautam Gupta, said he was leaving, following NY general manager, Josh Mohrer, and the head of Uber's self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski, out of the door.

Michael was involved in an incident in which an executive he managed obtained the medical records of a woman in India raped by an Uber driver.

Micah Alpern, principal at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney who helps companies change cultures suggests that Uber adopt something like the "see something, say something" slogan, encouraging employees to speak up when someone acts inappropriately. Earlier this year, Kalanick acknowledged that his style of management had to change, with Kalanick admitting that he needed to "fundamentally change and grow up". Michael's sudden departure came after a series of sexual harassment scandals circled the company over the past year, forcing the board of directors to call an internal investigation. He was also present on a trip with Kalanick that resulted in a formal complaint by a female Uber employee. She is also the first board member to be added since Alphabet's chief legal officer David Drummond stepped down from his post in August of 2016 over a conflict of interest.

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