Uber's President Just Quit
Alexandra Douglas | March 21, 2017, 0:31
Uber's President Just Quit
Just six months after joining Uber as its president and the head of the company's ridesharing business, Jeff Jones has thrown in the towel, citing differences in the approach to leadership there.
In a prepared statement Jones sent to Recode, he said beliefs and leadership approach that guided his career were inconsistent with what he experienced and saw at Uber.
The news of Jones' departure follows Kalanick's announcement earlier this month that he is looking for a COO.
McClendon reportedly said in a statement that he is departing Uber on March 28 on amicable terms and that he will stay on as an advisor to the company.
Though Uber has long had a reputation as an unapologetic startup, this pile-up of scandals has put both Kalanick's abrasive leadership style and the company's future into question.
Jones joined Uber from Target Corp, where he was chief marketing officer and is credited with modernising the retailer's brand. The Bloomberg report noted that he once referred to Uber as "Boober" because his celebrity-like status as the CEO of a "unicorn" improved his dating prospects.
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Uber wouldn't go into detail about the departure when we reached out, but did confirm it. Earlier this month, Uber's vice president of product and growth, Ed Baker, and Charlie Miller, Uber's famed security researcher, both left.
In the recent times Uber has been suffering a spate of controversies in 2017, the most serious being constant rows over a culture of sexism, and accusations of sexual harassment at the firm.
This was preceded by Kalanick being filmed arguing with an Uber driver.
In January, critics of the company began a #DeleteUber campaign after Uber turned off surge pricing at New York City airports. McClendon was at Google for about ten years and was an integral cog in the formation of Google Earth and Geolocation Technology research of the company. More than 200,000 users deleted their Uber accounts following Kalanick's continued involvement on Trump's advisory council and Uber's seeming undermining of the immigration ban protests at JFK.
The bigger problem for Uber is that Fowler wrote that many other women at Uber suffer from similar experiences, and her manager has received other complaints of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior.