Uber Higher-Ups Try To Fend Off Former CEO Trying To Get His Job Back

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Uber executives are trying to assure employees that ex-CEO Travis Kalanick is not returning to the helm of the company he co-founded, according to a Bloomberg report published Monday.

“Uber must evolve and mature,” board member Garrett Camp, who founded the company with Kalanick in 2009, said in an email to staff. “We are committed to hiring a new world-class CEO to lead Uber.”

Camp evidently felt compelled to respond to reports that the rejected leader of the company is trying to stage an epic comeback. In once-private conversations, Kalanick reportedly said that he is “Steve Jobs-ing it,” a colloquialism which is presumably a reference to the now-deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who was fired but eventually returned to lead the company into greatness. (RELATED: Uber CEO’s Letter To Employees: ‘To Work On Uber 2.0, I Also Need To Work On Travis 2.0’)

Kalanick resigned in June after fellow board members and deep-pocketed investors pressured him to do so. He evidently believes his dismissal was unfair, as he has been speaking with former colleagues to see if they would support him in a potential shareholder conflict, according to The Information. Camp seems to feel that such actions are worrying some within the company.

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