Uber President Only Made It 6 Months Before Resigning

Janie Parker
Марта 21, 2017

Jeff Jones joined the ride hailing company as a President, replacing its board member, Ryan Graves.

He had previously worked for Target, and was credited with modernising the U.S. retailer's brand.

In a prepared statement Jones sent to Recode, he said beliefs and leadership approach that guided his career were inconsistent with what he experienced and saw at Uber.

The executive exodus from Uber continues as Jeff Jones, the company's president of ride sharing, quit on Sunday after a six-month stint.

Uber CEO Kalanick then held a teary all-hands meeting at which he apologized for leading the company he co-founded to a point of such negativity and discord.

Mr Jones' resignation will reportedly take effect immediately.

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Jones, who played a crucial role in modernising Target's brand, was believed to be hired to restore Uber's tainted image. He apologized and promised to hire a chief operating officer, saying he needed "leadership help".

Uber is not having a very good year, with controversy after controversy hounding the cab-hailing company like flies chasing a dying animal.

Less than two weeks after that, video published by Bloomberg showed Kalanick getting into a heated argument with an Uber driver, who accused the company of not providing drivers with a living wage. Still, it's bad news for the company, the Times speculates: Jones was "viewed by many as the so-called adult in the room - an executive with experience as a leader at a public company that had undergone a period of intense crisis".

Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, claimed in a blog post in February that she and several other female employees were sexually harassed at the company.

The scandals range from allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work culture to the combative behaviour of Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick. The bombshell post went viral, prompting an internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The company is also being sued by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, for allegedly stealing self-driving technology. Amit Singhal, a top Google engineer, was asked to resign in outcome of failing to disclose a sexual harassment claim against him at his previous employer before joining Uber.

Uber called that the decision completely out of a blue moon. Listening is where we get our best ideas, because they come from you, the people using Uber every day " he wrote.

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