Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns After Six Months of Controversy
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 4:14
Jeff Jones, the president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job. That report included a Jones statement putting the blame on the turmoil facing Uber, which range from a ex-employee's experiences with an allegedly sexist work environment to a lawsuit brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo over self-driving vehicle technology.
A memo from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to his staff suggested that the news took top management by surprise, and that Jones left partly because he was not under consideration for the new chief operating officer role.
Jones had been performing some of those COO responsibilities.
Jones, previously Target's chief marketing officer, was brought on by Kalanick last fall to boost Uber's reputation.
"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best", an Uber spokesman said in an emailed statement.
At the same time, social media users accused the company of attempting to undermine a taxi drivers' strike related to Trump's executive order on immigration by lowering prices at JFK Airport in New York City, where the strike was centered.
The reason behind his resignation is not known but it is believed that recent controversies at the company which have put a question mark on its corporate governance could well be the reason. The blog post prompted an internal investigation that is being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Uber has also been sued by its investor, Google, for allegedly using stolen technology and had details of a program created to deceive government authorities published in the last two weeks.
Another blow was when it was revealed Uber was using a secretive Greyball tool to thwart efforts by local authorities to catch the ride-hailing company violating local regulations.
Uber president Jeff Jones. It is unclear whether the new position influenced Jones' decision, as he oversaw operations as president and was second only Kalanick.