Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Uber President Jeff Jones Is Leaving After Six Months

Uber President Jeff Jones Is Leaving After Six Months

SAN FRANCISCO Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help bolster its reputation.

Jones chose 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, according to Recode, which reported his departure earlier Sunday.

The ride-sharing company confirmed Jones' departure in a statement to CNNMoney late Sunday.

The sources added Jones' decision was not impacted by Kalanick's decision earlier this year to search for a new chief operating officer.

The New York Times reported that Uber had developed a tool that it used to deliberately deceive authorities in cities that had either banned the app or were trying to restrict its use.

Kalanick pledged to find leadership help and hire a new No. 2 as the result of the scandals, although many speculated that Jones' initial role at the company was to be that right-hand man.

"It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business".

Kalanick and Jones met just a year ago at the TED conference in Vancouver and there was much excitement that the company was attracting top-level corporate execs.

Jones was also in charge of customer support and marketing. Uber has since prohibited the use of Greyball to target local regulators.

"After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber", Kalanick added in the email. It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly. Ab Gupta will report to Andrew MacDonald.

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