Uber President Reportedly Quits as Executives Continue to Flee
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 7:05
He wasn't even on the job for a year, but apparently Jeff Jones had seen all he needed to know Uber was not the place for him, as the embattled ride-sharing company's president quit Sunday.
Jones headed Uber's ride-hailing operations, marketing and customer support, and was second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick.
Technology news site Recode was the first to report about Jones' departure.
Jones took over from the former chief executive of Uber, Ryan Graves in August 2016.
Cab-hailing major Uber received another jolt as president Jeff Jones resigned from the company.
But the task of telling a better story about the company's business has gotten more hard in recent months. Instead, these sources said, Jones determined that the situation at the company was more problematic than he realized. After the tool's existence was revealed, the company said it would stop using it. Price is executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild, which represents and advocates for 50,000 ride-hail drivers in New York City. "That's the number one request from drivers". At the beginning of the year, people viewed that Uber was taking advantage of a major protest amid Donald Trump's immigration ban.
A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.
The company, valued at $68 billion, has had a rocky few months.
"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick said later in an apology email to the entire company.
But that rapid ascent has been marked by controversy. Since then, Uber has raced into self-driving auto research and, last August, paid $670 million for a months-old self-driving truck startup called Otto.
Moreover, the ride-hailing giant is now in a lawsuit with Alphabet's self-driving vehicle company Waymo over alleged theft of self-driving technology.
Uber has called that charge "baseless", and last week suggested that the patent infringement dispute be resolved not in court but by binding arbitration because that's what Levandowski's contract with Google required in the event of a dispute.