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Uber’s Ousted CEO Travis Kalanick Will Not Be ‘Steve Jobs-ing It’

Uber’s co-founder and board member Garrett Camp said Kalanick will not return to his role as CEO of the embattled ride-hailing company.

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BY Emily Canal - 08 Aug 2017

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Travis Kalanick will not be "Steve-Jobs-ing it" at Uber. Despite reports that the ousted CEO was trying to return to the company, Uber's co-founder and board member Garrett Camp said that's not the case, according to Recode.

"Despite rumors I'm sure you've seen in the news, Travis is not returning as CEO," Camp wrote to employees in an email, obtained by Recode. "We are committed to hiring a new world class CEO to lead Uber."

The ride-hailing company is trying to find a replacement for Kalanick who resigned in June after several major shareholders demanded a change in leadership. Pressure mounted after multiple allegations of sexual harassment came to light, along with Alphabet's lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets. There were also reports of at least two drivers sexually assaulting female passengers and Kalanick's unsavory behavior with both Uber drivers and colleagues.

Kalanick reportedly told several people he was going to return to Uber, referencing the late leader of Apple who was fired from the company and returned 11 years later with remarkable success. And while the company has been working to replace him, they are still without a leader. In July, news broke that Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was no longer in the running for the position. With Whitman out, the group of four final candidates being considered is all men (and only one is a person of color), according to Recode.