Travis Kalanick is officially looking for someone to help him run Uber

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has admitted he needs leadership help, after a string of incidents has tarnished Uber’s trust with its employees, investors, and customers.

Now he’s looking to hire a COO to be a peer and partner in Uber’s future.

“This morning I told the Uber team that we’re actively looking for a Chief Operating Officer: a peer who can partner with me to write the next chapter in our journey,” Kalanick said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kalanick announced the decision to employees at an all-hands meeting on Tuesday, as first reported by Recode. The Information earlier reported that the CEO was considering adding a second in command.

Kalanick’s need for a No. 2 at the company comes after a series of cascading crises. In January, over 200,000 customers deleted Uber in one weekend as part of the #DeleteUber movement. Since then, the company has had to launch an internal investigation into its workplace culture after former engineer Susan Fowler published a tell-all blog post about the gender bias and sexual harassment she allegedly endured at the company.

It’s also been sued by its investor, Google, for alleged intellectual property theft and had details of a program designed to evade government authorities published in the last two weeks.

If you have details — or ideas — on who Travis Kalanick will or should hire for a COO, email the reporter at [email protected]

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