Uber president sticks the knife in as he quits after six months

Angelica Greene
March 21, 2017

LinkedInUber's former president Jeff Jones Follow TNW at SXSW 2017! "He oversaw Target's marketing division during and after the fallout of a major company data breach in 2013", writes Mike Isaacs for the New York Times. "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 public commentary", Kalanick said. One will investigate her claims specifically, the other is conducting a broader investigation into Uber's workplace practices. According to Recode, Jones had voiced dissatisfaction with the company's strategies.

Jones told the tech blog Recode, which first reported his resignation, that his values didn't align with Uber's. He did try to reach out to drivers in a public Facebook Q&A to know their concerns and share what the company meant to do to address them.

By all accounts, Uber is in a very delicate situation right now with the company in disarray, Recode reports.

In his statement, Jones said he could not continue as president of a business with which he was incompatible.

Uber, already has a reputation of being an aggressive and unapologetic company and in the last few months, its name has been entangled with many controversies, which have put the leadership capabilities of Kalanick in a questionable situation.

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The departure of Uber's No. 2 executive comes amid allegations of sexual harassment and an aggressive work culture at Uber. Uber denies the charges.

At the time, taxi drivers were protesting President Trump's travel ban by calling for a stop to pickups at JFK, where two Iraqis were being detained. Singhal was asked to resign in February after it was discovered that he didn't disclose sexual harassment claims against him from his previous job at Google.

The company has also come under fire for allegedly ignoring sexual harassment.

Uber also acknowledged it has used a program to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its service in cities around the world.

Jones's departure is the third executive exit from Uber in almost as many weeks. If Uber truly cares about "growing up" and listening to drivers, they should start by adding a tipping option. 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. But for the most part, he found his experience with smaller ride-sharing apps, Fasten and RideAustin, to be perfectly adequate.

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