Uber's president has abruptly quit, apparently over the controversies about sexism and sexual harassment within its workforce, Recode is reporting.
Jeff Jones, the president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job.
In his statement, Jones says that he has realized that his beliefs and approach to leadership clash with what he has seen in Uber in his 6-month stint, perhaps referring to the scandals that the company has been involved in. According to Recode, Jones had voiced dissatisfaction with the company's strategies.
Jones was certainly touted by Kalanick as a big hire when he arrived at Uber last fall from Target, where he was its well-regarded CMO.
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"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick said later in an apology email to the entire company. He was responsible for Uber's operations, marketing and customer support globally. His appointment at Uber was a sign that the young company is mature enough to poach executives from more established firms.
Even ignoring the spate of resignations and departures, Uber has had a troubled 2017 so far, with CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick frequently at the centre of controversy. The Board of Directors and Investors just wanted to stabilize the company after the past few months of turmoil.
Uber wouldn't go into detail about the departure when we reached out, but did confirm it. Former employee of Uber; Susan Fowler has accused Uber for sexual harassment and negligence from the human resource department.
In recent weeks, two other high profile Uber execs have departed: Ed Baker, who was vice president of product and growth, and Amit Singhal, senior vice president of engineering.
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This was preceded by Kalanick being filmed arguing with an Uber driver. He added that Jones came to the decision after Uber recently announced its search for a new chief operating officer to help him run the company.
In January, critics of the company began a #DeleteUber campaign after Uber turned off surge pricing at New York City airports.
The announcement comes after a string of incidents linked to the United States firm, who recently were forced to abandon a driverless vehicle test in San Francisco after it emerged the company did not have the correct permit. Therefore, McClendon's departure is problematic as it is strategically important for Uber to strengthen their geolocation and mapping services.
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