Following months of scandal and criticism, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from the ride-sharing company he co-founded on Tuesday under pressure from investors, the New York Times reported.
The move comes a week after Kalanick took an open-ended leave of absence. That came amid a growing scandal surrounding the company’s workplace culture, which included numerous allegations of sexual harassment.
According to the Times, Kalanick resigned after a shareholder revolt, culminating in a letter from investors titled “Moving Uber Forward” that demanded he immediately leave the company he co-founded in 2009.
“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement given to the Times.
Along with the company’s multiple workplace scandals, Kalanick himself had become a lightning rod for criticism.
Always combative — he arguably entered the public spotlight in 2013 when he mocked and derided people complaining about Uber’s excessively high surge pricing — Kalanick seemed determined to make things worse in 2017. Notably, he had to apologize after he was videotaped berating a bankrupt Uber driver in March.
Other scandals under his watch include the recent revelation that an Uber executive illegally obtained an Uber customer’s medical records after she was raped, and a trade-secrets theft lawsuit filed against Uber by Google parent company Alphabet.