Black Lawmakers Urge Uber to Diversify Its Leadership
Style Magazine Newswire | 6/30/2017, 10:38 a.m.
A coalition of black lawmakers wants Uber to diversify its top ranks. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to the embattled ride-hailing company, urging Uber's board to consider African American candidates for its top post after CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to step down last week. The CBC's letter, addressed to Uber Chairman Garrett Camp, noted that the company didn't have blacks in key high-level posts that are now vacant, such as chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer and general counsel, nor on its board. These are positions the CBC said it believes would "benefit" from African American leadership. The CBC also wants Uber to provide a written, detailed plan on what steps the company will take to hire more diverse leadership. Uber responded in a statement that it's committed to making the company a "more diverse and inclusive workplace at all levels of the organization, and we'll continue to engage with community leaders like the CBC as we work to achieve this important goal."