© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Cruise self-driving car, which is owned by General Motors Corp, is seen outside the company’s headquarters in San Francisco where it does most of its testing, in California, U.S., September 26, 2018. Picture taken on September 26, 2018.
By Greg Bensinger and Hyunjoo Jin
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -The CEO of Cruise, General Motors (NYSE:)’ robot taxi unit, on Saturday apologized for the company’s situation following an accident that led to the pause of its self-driving vehicle operations.
In an email to staff reviewed by Reuters, Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said the firm will make a new tender offer to allow employees to sell shares, just two days after cancelling an earlier offer.
“I am sorry we have veered off course under my leadership and that this has affected many Cruisers in a deeply personal way,” wrote Vogt in the email to employees.
“As CEO, I take responsibility for the situation Cruise is in today. There are no excuses, and there is no sugar coating what has happened. We need to double down on safety, transparency, and community engagement.”
Vogt also noted that the company’s approach to working with regulators, press and the public “must improve.”
Cruise had said on Thursday that employees would not be able to sell their shares in the buyback program in the current quarter as it undergoes a compensation review.
But Vogt said in his Saturday email that certain employees could a sell a limited number of shares in a one-time opportunity, citing workers’ concerns over tax obligations.