Uber Scandals: Company To Hire Chief Operating Officer After Recent Controversies

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"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told the world on February 28, after dash-cam footage showed him berating one of the company's own drivers.

The person will be "a peer who can partner with me to write the next chapter in our journey", Kalanick writes in a blog post on the company website.

In an all-hands meeting on Tuesday, Kalanick told employees that Uber is actively searching for a chief operating officer.

Uber's new COO will have his or her work cut out, and not just in terms of handling Kalanick.

Reports have also surfaced this month detailing Uber's use of software to skirt law enforcement and showing Kalanick arguing with a driver following a ride.

Kalanick more or less said as much last week when he confessed that he would have to "grow up" in his role as CEO and admitted "I need leadership help and I intend to get it".

Recode originally reported the news, noting that the company has hired a search firm, with a vision to snag dream candidates like former Disney operating officer Tom Staggs and CVS exec Helena Foulkes.

It looks like hiring a No. 2 at the company is Kalanick's first step in getting the "leadership help" he referenced.

Kalanick, for his part, may have stopped saying "hashtag winning" and "Boob-er" in public, but the video of him confronting an Uber driver suggests he remains prone to outbursts in private. Sources have told ReCode's Kara Swisher that the company would prefer to hire a female COO, following a similar move by Facebook in 2008. The Information earlier reported that the CEO was considering adding a second in command. An internal investigation headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder and Uber board member Arianna Huffington is ongoing.



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