Uber president Jeff Jones quits after just six months
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 20:37
The latest departures include Uber's president of ride sharing Jeff Jones and vice president of maps and business platform Brian McClendon.
Just six months after joining Uber as its president and the head of the company's ridesharing business, Jeff Jones has thrown in the towel, citing differences in the approach to leadership there.
The plan was viewed internally as an effective demotion for Jones, who was hired previous year as president of ridesharing and second in command, a person familiar with the matter said.
Uber has confirmed Jones' resignation and in a brief statement wished him the best. They include multiple accusations of sexual harassment and sexism within the company, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick's participation in the Trump administration and the fall-out from that - notably the #DeleteUber movement - and recently leaked reports describing the problems the company is facing with its self-driving auto technology.
Jones' role was definitely put into question after Uber launched the search for a new COO.
Kalanick even told employees in an e-mail over the weekend that Jones "came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber".
Jones, who was poached from Target and is leaving Uber after less than a year, resigned due to the wave of conflict and controversy plaguing the company. Earlier this month Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and growth and Charlie Miller, Uber's famed security researcher, too parted ways with the ride-hailing giant. The ride-hailing app was accused of undermining a taxi strike against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration ban in January.
Jones said that he joined the company in August 2016 because of its mission.
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The news comes a month after a blog post by former Uber employee Susan Fowler claimed sexual harassment at the company was commonplace and was left unpunished.
An increasing list of troubles that plagued Uber in recent months, also included a former software engineer for Uber's allegations earlier this month that she was subjected to sexual harassment while working at the company, including being propositioned for sex by her manager.
"This fall's election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy - and I want to do that in the place I call home", he reportedly said.