Last week, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from his post amid pressure from the board of directors to step aside.
A few days later, over 1,000 Uber employees signed a petition asking Uber’s board of directors to bring Travis Kalanick back to the team in an operational role.
Here is the full script of the letter:
Board of Directors —
I’m writing to you today ahead of your scheduled meeting to share the thoughts of over 1,100 full-time Uber employees (and counting) who vehemently disagree with Travis’ resignation as CEO and the associated pressure placed on him to do so by investors and board members alike.
In less than 12 hours, these employees have expressed their belief that Travis should return to Uber in an operational role. This magnitude of a response was unexpected and should not be ignored. What started as simple note to my closest co-workers turned into a petition spanning hundreds of offices and teams, and has yet to be seen by a majority of employees.
As the folks who’ve actually worked alongside Travis for years to help create Uber from nothing, we are extremely disappointed by the short-sightedness and pure self-interest demonstrated by those who are supposed to protect the long-term interests of our company.
Yes, Travis is flawed, as we all are. But his passion, vision, and dedication to Uber are simply unmatched. We would not be here today without him, and believe he can evolve into the leader we need. He is critical to our future success.
We await your response and look forward to Travis’ return in an operational role.
Quite a number of managers are also part of the petition. The employees chanted, “TK is Uber. Uber is TK” and passed around notes with the same message written on it.
With so many employees and investors expressing concern about Kalanick’s resignation, it will be interesting to know what reaction the board of directors will have.
Megha Shah for TechFunnel.com