Disgraced former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick cried his eyes out Wednesday as he received a standing ovation while introducing the new boss, Dara Khosrowshahi.
Khosrowshahi assumed control of the ride-hailing company during an all-hands meeting at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.
The momentous occasion set off the waterworks for Kalanick, who stepped down in June amid a slew of controversies that roiled the company, according to Yahoo Finance reporter JP Mangalindan.
He discussed how the past six months were the toughest of his life and acknowledged that he’s made many mistakes, Mangalindan said in a tweet.
The embattled Uber founder bowed out amid increasing pressure from shareholders after his company was hit by a number of scandals including sexual harassment accusations against employees and the disclosure of a company outing to a South Korean escort bar.
“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement.
For his part, Khosrowshahi said Kalanick would only talk to him via Facebook audio during the vetting process.
Khosrowshahi has led Expedia since 2005 and helped to build it into one of the largest travel-booking sites in the world.
He officially starts at Uber on Tuesday, Mangalindan tweeted.