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Uber’s Travis Kalanick to leave board to focus on new business

Molly Schuetz and Lizette Chapman
Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc.’s co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is stepping down from the board to focus on his new business and philanthropic endeavors.

Kalanick, 43, was ousted as CEO of the ride-hailing company in June 2017, giving up his effort to hold onto power as a torrent of self-inflicted scandals enveloped him and the company.

In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaves federal court in San Francisco. Former Uber CEO Kalanick will resign from the company's board next week, effectively severing ties with the company he co-founded a decade ago.

For the past year, he’s been building a new startup: CloudKitchens. The real estate company offers fully outfitted kitchens to restaurants that need more space to fulfill orders from take-out food services like DoorDash and UberEats. Along with using his own funds, Kalanick also raised $400 million from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

His departure from Uber’s board will be effective Dec. 31, according to a statement Tuesday. Uber shares were up less than 1% to $30.54 at 9:39 a.m. in New York.

Kalanick has been steadily unloading his Uber shares since a lockup ended Nov. 6. As of Dec. 16, his remaining stake constituted about a fifth of his $3 billion fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, down from about 75% before the lockup.

“Very few entrepreneurs have built something as profound as Travis Kalanick did with Uber,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO. “I’m enormously grateful for Travis’s vision and tenacity while building Uber, and for his expertise as a board member. Everyone at Uber wishes him all the best.”