Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns amid pressure from investors

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An Uber spokesperson confirms that CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has resigned from his position on Tuesday. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

An Uber spokesperson says that CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned on Tuesday.

Kalanick took an indefinite leave of absence last week after his mother died - and after a scathing report decried a toxic culture at the company that permits sexual harassment and other bad behavior. The investors reportedly said it wasn't enough for him to take a temporary leave of absence and that he needed to go.

"I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight," Kalanick said in a statement to the New York Times.

Two weeks ago, Uber fired more than 20 employees after an investigation uncovered a toxic work environment.

Kalanick will remain on the board of directors, the New York Times reported. He helped found the ride-sharing service app in 2009.

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