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00:00:02
>> A member of Uber's board of directors resigned after he made a sexist joke. The punchline? He did so at a staff meeting about how the ride-hailing service could rid its culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. David Bonderman, on Tuesday, saying he'd stepped down from the board because of a comment widely seen as offensive to women.
00:00:20
It came after fellow board member Arianna Huffington spoke to staff about the importance of adding more women to the board of directors. There's a lot of data that shows that when there's one woman on the board, it's much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board, Huffington said.
00:00:34
Bonderman replied, actually what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking. The comment surfaced after a recording of the meeting was published by Yahoo. An Uber representative verified the recording is authentic. The ill-timed remark coming as Uber continues to get clobbered by negative headline after negative headline.
00:00:51
And the same day CEO Travis Kalanick announced he will take a leave of absence for an undetermined amount of time. Kalanick says he's taking the time off to deal with the unexpected death of his mother. Reuters correspondent Heather Somerville.>> A CEO departure is a fairly rare thing at a startup, so it's unclear when Kalanick will come back, if he'll come back, and really under what terms.
00:01:14
There is still certainly some speculation that Kalanick may not actually come back and that this temporary leave is in fact a permanent one.>> His temporary exit comes at a crucial time after the ride-hailing app's meteoric rise. Several high profile executives have left. Drivers are upset over pricing.
00:01:31
And then there's the sexual harassment claims that forced the company to fire 20 employees.