Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Third High-Profile Uber Executive In Recent Weeks Leaves Company

Third High-Profile Uber Executive In Recent Weeks Leaves Company

The latest departures include Uber's president of ride sharing Jeff Jones and vice president of maps and business platform Brian McClendon.

His exit was reported on Sunday by The New York Times just hours after Recode broke the news that Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting the world's most valuable startup.

Uber also issued a public statement by Travis Kalanick, We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.

Since Uber's troubles began in January, there have been a wave of executive departures, including the departures of Ed Baker, the vice president for product and growth; Raffi Krikorian, a senior engineering director; and Gary Marcus, whose company Uber acquired in December. And executive engineer Amit Singhal was asked to resign five weeks after failing to disclose he had left his previous job at Google following sexual harassment claims.

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.

Jones, said sources, determined that this was not the situation he signed on for, especially after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced a search for a new COO to help him right the very troubled ship.

Jeff Jones was previously at Target as the CMO and joined Uber a year ago in October replacing board member Ryan Graves.

Jones was also in charge of customer support and marketing. In a statement that the Ex-President has sent to Recode; he says that his approach and beliefs are not consistent with what he has seen and experienced at Uber; and that he can no more continue being the President.

According to sources with the company, the departure is effective immediately.

Jones' decision to leave Uber likely won't surprise people who worked with him at Target.

Last month, Waymo, the name of Google's 7-year-old self driving vehicle division, sued Uber, alleging that Otto's sensor technology was stolen by former Google employee Anthony Levandowski shortly before Levandowski left to found Otto. (Kalanick ultimately stepped down from Trump's advisory council.) And then in February, former Uber employee Susan Fowler wrote a viral blog post about the company's sexist culture, one that prompted other women to come forward with similarly nightmarish accounts.

McClendon, in his prepared statement, said he would return to Lawrence, Kansas his hometown after living away 30 years.

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