Long-time Uber backer leaving board of directors

SAN FRANCISCO • Turmoil at Uber Technologies continues as longtime backer and director Bill Gurley is leaving the company's board following the resignation of chief executive officer Travis Kalanick.

Mr Gurley will hand the board seat to Mr Matt Cohler, his partner at venture capital firm Benchmark, a spokesman for Benchmark said.

This will be the third change to Uber's board in recent weeks. TPG Capital's Mr David Bonderman was replaced as director by his colleague David Trujillo on Wednesday, after making a sexist remark to board member Arianna Huffington at a meeting to address Uber's flawed corporate culture. Nestle executive Wan Ling Martello also joined the board earlier this month.

Mr Gurley was one of Uber's earliest investors and had a key role, helping to recruit many executives. But in private, he became a vocal critic of Mr Kalanick in recent months, people familiar with the matter said.

The start-up has been in upheaval this year, after protests over its ties to the Trump administration and a probe into its corporate culture.

Mr Gurley's criticism of Mr Kalanick created enemies at Uber, people close to the firm said. Mr Kalanick's chief confidant Emil Michael accused Mr Gurley of putting his own reputation over the company's, two people close to Mr Michael told Bloomberg. Mr Michael was ousted last week.

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