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Uber to Add Independent Director as Board Responds to Crises

  • Company adds Martello, a Nestle exec and Alibaba board member
  • Independent probe recommended more independent directors
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As Uber Technologies Inc. looks to address a series of management and cultural failings, the ride-hailing company plans to appoint Wan Ling Martello, an executive vice president at Nestle SA, to the board, people familiar with the matter said.

The addition of an independent board member addresses one recommendation resulting from an expansive investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that Uber commissioned, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. The board met Sunday in Los Angeles to begin voting on issues stemming from the Holder report and a separate probe by another law firm. Topics on the agenda included a potential leave of absence for Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick and the fate of head of business, Emil Michael, Bloomberg reported.