Uber president Jeff Jones steps down after just six months
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 9:05
Uber President, Jeff Jones, abruptly quit the ride hailing tech company on Sunday.
Jones hinted that his exit may have to do with the multiple controversies surrounding the company.
In a statement to Recode, the executive stated, "Now clear that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, I can no longer continue as president of the ride-sharing business".
Mr. Jones made a decision to leave because the long string of controversies are not what he signed on for when he left his post as chief marketing officer at Target Corp., according to Recode, which reported his departure earlier Sunday.
"Over the last six months, Ryan and I have become increasingly convinced that our rapidly growing marketing efforts needed to be far more integrated with our city operations", Kalanick wrote in a post announcing Jones' hire.
Incidents like those, combined with continued safety problems even after an announced revamp of its policies, have helped paint Uber as a company that either doesn't get it or doesn't really care. That differed somewhat from Kalanick's version of the story, which was that Jones chose to leave after he announced that the company was looking for a COO.
In a brief statement, Uber didn't say why Jones left. His last day at Uber would be March 28, 2017.
It's not a great time to work at Uber.
Also departing this month is Brian McClendon, the vice president of maps and business platform.
To top it all off, Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet-owned company Waymo alleging the vehicle service company stole their designs for its self-driving auto technology known as Lidar.
Jones, hired just six months ago, was the second-highest ranking executive at Uber after CEO and founder Travis Kalanick.
The BBC, citing sources at the company, reported that Jones was annoyed that he wasn't among the candidates for the chief operating officer role.
The company, valued at $68 billion, has had a rocky few months. He plans to return to his native Kansas and explore a career in politics, he said in a statement provided by the company. Him vacating his post comes at a very pressing time for Uber, as the company has been awash with several controversies that have illustrated how alarming its workplace culture is. Amit Singhal was also asked to leave Google this month, after failing to reveal a previous sexual harassment claim from his previous job at the company. The most recent trouble to befall the firm is Jeff Jones, the Uber President's decision to step down after reports of disagreements up the ladder surfaced.