After six months of constant PR struggles and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned late Tuesday.
It hasn’t come as a surprise that Kalanick has chosen to quit. Uber’s struggles with it’s image were so extreme that all the investors were seeing him as a liability to the company. Even Bill Gurley, a major investor and one of Kalanick’s earliest supporters, was part of all efforts to get the CEO to resign.
“He’s an extraordinary individual who’s human like the rest of us,” Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group said in efforts to defend Kalanick, adding that he’s recommended an unnamed person as a potential CEO candidate.
Now the question remains : Is Kalanick’s departure good for Uber?
The answer is yes. It’s good because now there’s a higher chance for Uber to shed it’s image of a bad place to work unless unless you’re a young white male; and its reputation for getting its way with civic officials by breaking rules, regulations and norms.
They believe that it will help them recruit talented people. Although, was it ever difficult to find leaders for the company? Recruitment experts talk about how the chances of a person letting go of a chance to fix this extraordinary company’s issues, are pretty slim.
Uber is still the world’s most popular ride-hailing service, and it shows that most users don’t even care about the company’s internal drama. So for any person coming in as CEO, the opportunity will still look like one of a lifetime.
However, not everyone can be CEO here.
“Uber needs someone who’s patient, persistent, has a softer touch, but is just a driven, ambitious and achievement-focused as Travis was,” said Marc Cenedella, CEO of career site Ladders. “It’s a remarkable job and there’s maybe two dozen people on the planet that can do it.”