Uber’s SVP of Business Emil Michael Just Left the Company

Adam Rowe

Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president for business and the company's second in command, is leaving Uber. He delivered the news in an email to the ride-sharing companies employees Monday morning, the New York Times reports.

Sources at Recode reported that Michael stepped down following pressure from Uber's board. Here's how Michael framed it in his email:

“Yesterday was my last day with Uber. Starting today, David Richter, our current VP of Strategic Initiatives, will be the new SVP of Business. David is an extremely talented leader and I have high confidence in his ability to help drive the company forward.

[…] Uber has a long way to go to achieve all that it can and I am looking forward to seeing what you accomplish in the years ahead.”

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Michael's departure follows an internal investigation overseen by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, due to be released on Tuesday. Uber announced last week that it had fired 20 employees as a result of the harassment probe. And that appears to have just been the start of the board's response.

Yahoo's sources confirmed the board's strong stance on the results of the report:

“Uber's board met Sunday with holder and consultant Tammy Albarran to discuss the findings and ‘unanimously voted to adopt all the recommendations' of the report, according to the source.”

As of this news, Uber can add SVP of Engineering to a list of execs it has recently lost, which includes a COO, a CBO, a CFO, and a CMO. Last Sunday the board met to discuss the highest in command, CEO Travis Kalanick, temporarily stepping down.

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Adam is a writer at Tech.co and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for more than a decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry, for which he was named a Digital Book World 2018 award finalist. His work has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect, and he has an art history book on 1970s sci-fi coming out from Abrams Books in 2022. In the meantime, he's hunting own the latest news on VPNs, POS systems, and the future of tech.