The ride sharing company is dealing with a months-long scandal over allegations of sexual harassment.
Acting on an investigation of Uber Technologies Inc.'s management and culture, the ride-hailing giant's board of directors said Sunday it will "implement all of the recommendations" of its completed report, though it's not entirely clear yet what they are.
An Uber insider said the recommendations in Mr Holder's report include introducing more control on spending, human resources and other areas where executives led by Mr Kalanick have had an unusual degree of autonomy for a company of Uber's size.
However, Kalanick is the face of Uber and as such, his departure - be it temporary - will be a much more momentous event.
At the Sunday meeting, according to two people familiar with the matter, the seven voting members of Uber's board, including Kalanick, are expected to vote on recommendations made by the law firm of former USA attorney general Eric Holder, which conducted a review of the company's policies and culture.
Uber declined comment on that characterization. It has been threatened by boycotts, sued and subject to a federal investigation that it used a fake version of its app to thwart authorities looking into whether it is breaking local laws. Michael's departure was reportedly one of the recommendations made in that probe. But Huffington, a founder of Huffington Post, suggested time might be running out.
- Kalanick's mother was killed and his father seriously injured in a boating accident on May 26.
She is the third high-profile female appointment to the company in the past week. In 2014 Michael reportedly suggested at a private dinner in NY that Uber should dig up dirt on journalists that criticize the company, which of course sparked outrage from journalists.
It hasn't been an easy year for Uber. He said his "beliefs and approach to leadership" were "inconsistent" with those of the company. Previously, Saint John worked as head of global consumer marketing for Apple.