Uber President Jeff Jones Abandons Company Citing Uncouth Beliefs And Leadership
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 5:14
"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best", Uber wrote in an emailed statement.
The executive's move comes on the heels of Uber president Jeff Jones' far less friendly departure. For business analysts, Jone's resignation had been predictable, since the company had just announced opening of career opportunity for a Chief Operating Office (COO) to work with Chief Executive Travis Kalanick run the company.
In a company-wide email, Kalanick implied Jones made a decision to leave after Uber announced plans to hire a COO.
Jones, upon being hired, spent much of his initial stint as Uber's president for the ride-hailing company, in which he drove for Uber and even met with Uber drivers.
McClendon reportedly said in a statement that he is departing Uber on March 28 on amicable terms and that he will stay on as an advisor to the company.
"There are thousands of awesome people at the company and I truly wish everyone well", Jones also said in his statement to Recode yesterday. A number of influential figures within Uber have left the company - that doesn't include CEO Travis Kalanick, who apparently has a "zero chance" of stepping down when the company brings in someone to help him "grow up". Recode, citing unnamed sources within the company, characterized Jones as a conflict-averse leader whose had determined that Uber's problems were bigger than he realized.
These two new departures from Uber indicate trouble within the organization, leaving a vacant in leadership that most likely won't be easily filled.
Kalanick revealed that Uber is looking for a new COO, [chief operations officer], and until then, multiple executives will take on more responsibly until he has signed on another staffer to fill the position.
That's all bad for obvious reasons, and for one reason that might be a little less obvious: Like all tech companies, Uber is in a constant battle to hire and retain top talent.
This was preceded by Kalanick being filmed arguing with an Uber driver. If Uber truly cares about "growing up" and listening to drivers, they should start by adding a tipping option. A month later, a former employee wrote a blog post about sexual discrimination she faced as an engineer at the company, prompting a company-wide independent investigation. As a result, Kalanick resigned from his role on Trump's Economic Advisory Council. Google's former Amit Singhal didn't leave but was asked to resign from Uber at the end of February over reports that he failed to disclose to Uber about the sexual harassment claim back when he was working at Google.