Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns After Six Months of Controversy

Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns After Six Months of Controversy

It's not just Uber's alleged apathy towards its drivers that probably made Jones quit his job. In February, a former employee wrote a blog post about her experiences of sexual harassment while working for the company, and Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet's autonomous vehicle company Waymo for allegedly stealing trade secrets.

"Jones sent a statement to recode in which he said he ".joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term".

A note to staff from Kalanick regarding Jones' departure was leaked shortly after news broke, with Kalanick celebrating Jones' impact on the company during his short tenure.

Moreover, Jones's exit comes just six months after he was hired, and according to reports, his decision to leave is directly tied to the company's multiple controversies, including damning charges of sexist workplace abuse and sexual harassment - a whistle blown by a former Uber engineer in a scathing blog post. Former Uber Engineer, Susan Fowler, who was one of multiple people to leave the company in a short period of time, blasted Uber with sexual harassment claims in a viral blog post in February 2017.

Mr. Jones isn't the only departure from Uber.

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.

Earlier this month, following a really rather shocking amount of corporate misery, Uber announced that it was searching for a chief operating officer.

In a statement issued through an Uber spokesperson, McClendon said he planned to stay on at Uber as an adviser, and hinted at political ambitions in his home state of Kansas.

Then, a former employee published allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company, including accusations that the human resources department did not properly handle complaints from female employees.

"The No. 2 executive at the San Francisco-based ride hailing company cited differences in beliefs and approach to leadership", ReCode reported.

Jones is not the only executive leaving the company. Amit Singhal, a top Google engineer, was asked to resign in outcome of failing to disclose a sexual harassment claim against him at his previous employer before joining Uber.

Uber CEO Trevor Kalanick had asked for his resignation. Whether the intention to hire a COO played a factor in Jones' decision or not is something only he knows, though the belief within the organization is that Uber's troubles were more than he realized. Ed Baker, the company's vice president of product and growth, also left in March, as did Charlie Miller, a security researcher and an important member of Uber's self-driving-technology team.

The company, valued at $68 billion, has had a rocky few months.

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