Travis Kalanick is taking time away from Uber

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick speaks to students during an interaction at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Mumbai, India, January 19, 2016.
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Travis Kalanick is taking time away from Uber to deal with his family tragedy, according to an email sent to the company.

The CEO had been weighing a leave of absence from the company that’s been grappling with a series of cascading crises. Kalanick has also been dealing with his own personal tragedy after the unexpected loss of his mother during a boating accident over Memorial Day weekend.

Even a few hours before Tuesday’s company meeting, Kalanick had reportedly not made up his mind on what he wanted to do.

His recusal from the company was not a recommendation from the Holder report, but something Uber’s board discussed with the CEO during an emergency board meeting on Sunday. On Monday, his right-hand man and closest confidant, Emil Michael, left the company.

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