President Of Embattled Uber Leaves After 6 Months On Job

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

Uber announced in August that it had hired Jones, who joined from retail giant Target, where he had worked as chief marketing officer.

Jones was tasked with overseeing the bulk of Uber's global operations, including leading the ride-hailing program, running local Uber services in every city, marketing and customer service, and working with drivers.

Technology news site Recode was the first to report about Jones' departure.

"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best", an Uber spokesperson says in a statement.

Uber's head of growth and product, Ed Baker, resigned from the company earlier this month. Instead, these sources said, Jones determined that the situation at the company was more problematic than he realized. The now former president of Uber was hired in August past year to address some of the most troubling aspects of the company, including operations and marketing; a demanding task that might have required a single leadership, not two.

"It's frustrating that the sole executive charged with being driver-obsessed has left the company without making a single improvement to help drivers struggling to make a living", said Ryan Price in a statement.

At the same time, social media users accused the company of attempting to undermine a taxi drivers' strike related to Trump's executive order on immigration by lowering prices at JFK Airport in New York City, where the strike was centered. "That's the number one request from drivers".

A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.

That bombshell led to reportedly emotional in-house meetings in which Kalanick admitted the company needed to change its culture.

But that rapid ascent has been marked by controversy.

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.

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