Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Will Take Indefinite Leave of Absence

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Will Take Indefinite Leave of Absence
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Will Take Indefinite Leave of Absence

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick delivers a speech at the Third Netease Future Technology Conference on June 28, 2016 in Beijing, China.  Wang K'aichicn—VCG/Getty Images

1:29 PM ET

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will take a leave of absence for an unspecified period and let his leadership team run the troubled ride-hailing company while he's gone.

Kalanick told employees about his decision Tuesday in a memo. He says he needs time off to grieve for his mother, who died in a May boating accident. He also says he's responsible for the company's current situation and needs to become a better leader.

The announcement comes as former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder released a list of recommendations to improve Uber's toxic culture. Holder's firm was hired to investigate Uber's workplace after a former engineer exposed rampant sexual harassment within Uber's ranks.

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