Two More Uber Executives Depart Company

21 March, 2017, 08:50 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Uber has confirmed the resignation of its president just six months after taking the job

Kalanick made no such reference in his public statement, in which he thanked Jeff for his six months of service and wished him the best going forward.

Jeff Jones, Uber's president, is quitting the company, citing differences over beliefs and leadership approaches as the compelling reasons for his exit. In a statement to Recode, Jones said that "the beliefs and approach to leadership" that he believed in were "inconsistent" with those of Uber. A former chief marketing officer of retailer Target and executive veep of global marketing for apparel concern Gap, he was brought in get the ride-sharing-with-harassment-on-the-side company growing beyond early adopters. He was responsible for Uber's operations, marketing and customer support globally.

There are thousands of incredible people at the company, and I truly wish everyone well.

The past month-and-a-half has been particularly bruising for the company's image. Uber asked Amit Singhal, a vice president of engineering, to resign, after the company learned he'd failed to disclose an allegation of sexual harassment against him at his former employer, Google.

Uber has been through a lot of pain lately, and it's just not ending. His appointment at Uber was a sign that the young company is mature enough to poach executives from more established firms. After a recording of Mr. Kalanick getting into a warmed contention with a driver had surfaced for this present month, Mr. Kalanick said he would look for administration help, inciting the search of Chief operating officer.

Also departing this month is Brian McClendon, the vice president of maps and business platform.

Even ignoring the spate of resignations and departures, Uber has had a troubled 2017 so far, with CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick frequently at the centre of controversy. He plans to return to his native Kansas and explore a career in politics, he said in a statement provided by the company. He has also been blamed for not properly dealing with the company's continuing human resources issues. And others from Uber's staff have recently stepped down, including vice president of product and growth Ed Baker and security researcher Charlie Miller.

Finally, a report in the New York Times outlined Uber's use of a secret tool to evade regulators in cities where it was not allowed to operate.

It's been a rough couple of months for Uber, with the brief-but-viral #DeleteUber campaign, and the company's CEO being caught on camera berating one of his own drivers. In addition to a new COO, Kalanick now has to find a president who's willing to handle the garbage fire that the company's inner workings have become.

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