- Thomson Reuters
Uber may have just lost its CEO, but it now has a new board member.
The ride-hailing company, reeling after CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation Tuesday late night PT, is adding TPG investor David Trujillo to its board, according to people familiar with the matter. Trujilo will fill the gap left when TPG’s previous representative on the board, David Bonderman, resigned after making a sexist comment.
Trujillo led TPG’s investment in Uber, although Bonderman took the board seat for the private equity firm.
Bonderman’s tenure came to an abrupt end last week.
During a company-wide discussion about the steps Uber planned to take to address complaints about sexism and gender discrimination in its ranks, company director Ariana Huffington announced Wan Ling Martello, a Nestlé executive, would be joining Uber’s board, upping the representation of women there.
“There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” Huffington said, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by Yahoo Finance.
Bonderman responded by saying, “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”
He apologized soon after making the statement, which played on a stereotype that women talk too much, but seemed to recognize later that an apology wasn’t enough.
Uber has been contending with a series of scandals since a former engineer published a blog post accusing the company of widespread gender discrimination and saying it did nothing in response to her complaints that a manager sexually harassed her.
The ride-hailing company didn’t respond to request for comment Trujillo joining its board.
Trujillo’s addition to Uber’s board will fill one of its several empty slots. Among other positions, the board is still searching for an independent chairman.
One position that’s not open on the board is Travis Kalanick’s. Kalanick remains an Uber director, despite his resignation as CEO on Tuesday.