Uber president Jeff Jones quits, amid company turmoil

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 2, 2017

Kalanick hired Jones last fall, plucking him from Target where he served as CMO.

Though Uber has long held its reputation as an aggressive startup, the company has been battling current controversies, ranging from sexual harassment allegations to CEO Travis Kalanick's abrasive behavior. A site reliability engineer at Uber from November 2015 to late a year ago, Fowler claims that one manager had inappropriately sexually propositioned many women, but Uber management repeatedly "refused" to punish him as he was a "high performer". It is now facing sexual harrassment and sexism allegations; accusations of stealing self-driving technology from Google parent company Alphabet; and a tarnished image because of its CEO's perceived support for United States president Donald Trump a few months back.

People accused Uber of trying to profit from Trump's immigration order and "breaking strike" by lifting surcharge pricing for airport protesters in NY. Claims of workplace discrimination and sexism have also surfaced following a blog post by former employee Susan Fowler on her time at the company. Already, that investigation has led to the resignations of two top employees after allegations of sexual misconduct were uncovered, per Reuters.

A video released late last month showed Kalanick berating an Uber driver. The argument ended with Kalanick swearing at the driver and slamming the door as he left the auto, per NBC News.

Jeff Jones' tenure at Uber proved brief.

And it wasn't the first time the hashtag popped up. The company has since said it would stop using the tool.

Jones told technology news site Recode, "It is now clear. that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber". His departure was reported by Recode.

Kalanick also was criticised recently when he was filmed shouting at an Uber driver, afterwards admitting that he needed to "grow up" and get "leadership help".

Jones was viewed by many as the "adult in the room" - an executive with experience as a leader at a public company that had undergone a period of intense crisis. It was unclear if Jones's resignation tied to the creation of the new position.

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