UberのカラニックCEOは無期限の休職をします

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Uberのトラビス・カラニックCEOが無期限の休職を取り、また自身が持つ権限も独立した議長の元で縮小する予定だという。この無限の休職は先月彼がボート事故で母を亡くし、父も重症を負った悲惨な事故が理由だという。彼はUberを変える前にこの悲惨の出来事と向き合うために期限を定めない休暇が必要だと判断した。正式な復帰日については全くもって未定だ。

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カラニックの休暇期間中は現在のエグゼクティブ・チームの元で経営がなされる予定で、戦略的な意思決定に都度カラニックが参加する可能性はあるがより迅速な意思決定と判断を出来るようにするため役員に対してこれまでよりも大きな権限を与える予定だという。

復帰後はエリック・ホルダー元司法長官が同社に渦巻くセクシャル・ハラスメントや性別差別などの負の文化を調査しまとめた調査書の勧告に基づき独立した議長が指名されカラニックが伝統的に持っていた権限のいくつかは縮小されるだろう。社内イベントでの飲酒の制限や取締役会監視委員会の設置に部下と上司が親密な関係になることの禁止などホルダーによってもたらされた47の勧告はこれから実施される予定だ。既に独立した取締役の追加についてはネスレ上級副社長兼アジア統括のワンリン・マルトロを加えるなどすでに動きを始めている。

ウーバーの取締役会は先日、この勧告を全員一致で採択している。勧告書の全文はここで確認できます。

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カラニックから従業員へのメール全文:

For the last eight years my life has always been about Uber. Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team.

The ultimate responsibility, for where we've gotten and how we've gotten here rests on my shoulders. There is of course much to be proud of but there is much to improve. For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team. But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.

During this interim period, the leadership team, my directs, will be running the company. I will be available as needed for the most strategic decisions, but I will be empowering them to be bold and decisive in order to move the company forward swiftly.

It's hard to put a timeline on this - it may be shorter or longer than we might expect. Tragically losing a loved one has been difficult for me and I need to properly say my goodbyes. The incredible outpouring of heartfelt notes and condolences from all of you have kept me strong but almost universally they have ended with 'How can I help?'. My answer is simple. Do your life's work in service to our mission. That gives me time with family. Put people first, that is my mom's legacy. And make Uber 2.0 real so that the world can see the inspired work all of you do, and the inspiring people that make Uber great.

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