Uber president resigns amid sexual harassment scandal
Mar 21 2017
The turmoil at Uber has further deepened with the ride-hailing service's President Jeff Jones announcing his resignation after just six months in the job. Google's former Amit Singhal didn't leave but was asked to resign from Uber at the end of February over reports that he failed to disclose to Uber about the sexual harassment claim back when he was working at Google.
The departure of Mr. McClendon was harmonious and he would stay as an adviser to the company. It is said that Jones left the ride sharing company citing differences in the beliefs and approach towards leadership.
The new age car-ride hailing company, Uber has confirmed that their freshly hired president has chose to part ways with the venture. Recode's sources said, however, that this was not the reason for Jones's departure per se but that Uber is facing current situations that was more problematic than Jones realized. Claims of workplace discrimination and sexism have also surfaced following a blog post by former employee Susan Fowler on her time at the company. The company made headlines when it hired Jones, a well-regarded chief marketing officer at Target, last August.
The two departures add to an exodus that is hitting Uber in 2017.
He announced that the company was looking for a chief operating officer earlier this month. Coupled with the fact that the company loses billions of dollars, the company's outlook isn't as bright today as it has been in the past. It also makes it clear that Uber clearly has its work cut out for it in fixing its internal issues and culture.
In January, critics of the company began a #DeleteUber campaign after Uber turned off surge pricing at New York City airports.
In an email to his staff on Sunday, Mr Kalanick said: "After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber". The company met its goal in March. Earlier this month, Uber's vice president of product and growth, Ed Baker, and Charlie Miller, Uber's famed security researcher, both left. 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.
Uber has called that charge "baseless", and last week suggested that the patent infringement dispute be resolved not in court but by binding arbitration because that's what Levandowski's contract with Google required in the event of a dispute.