Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Travis Kalanick Quits Trump’s Business Advisory Panel

World - Pavan Pandey - Feb 03,2017

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uber technologies inc ceo travis kalanick quits trump business advisory panel

Mr. Kalanick stepped down from the US President Donald Trump’s business advisory panel amid rising pressure from activists and workers who oppose the immigration policies.

On Thursday, the chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., Mr. Kalanick stated that he was not participating because of administration’s immigration order in a memo to the staff. Travis Kalanick was one of the 19 business directors on the advisory panel, which was planned to have its first meeting on Friday.

According to the memo, Mr. Kalanick said that he spoke briefly with the President about the immigration executive order and its issues for the community. He also informed Trump that he would not be a part of his economic panel.

He further added that joining the business advisory panel was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his plan but unluckily it has been miscalculated. 

Spokeswomen for Uber, Chelsea Kohler later verified that the Mr. Kalanick had left the advisory panel.

The chief executive officer came under pressure to leave the business panel after Mr. Trump issued an administrative order temporarily barring people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.

The latest move of Mr. Kalanick could put some pressure on other CEOs of the business advisory panel, who expected to join a meeting with the US President on Friday. Automobile manufacturer, General Motors Co. stated that its CEO would attend the meeting, while Walt Disney Co. mentioned earlier Thursday its chief executive officer would not join the meeting because of a long-planned panel seminar.

The chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., Elon Musk, stated that he would attend the meeting on Friday.

On Thursday, he said in a tweet, in tomorrow’s meeting, he and other CEOs will express their objections to the recent administrative order on immigration and also offer some suggestions for changes to the policy.