Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns After Six Months of Controversy

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

Uber President Jeff Jones has resigned just six months after joining its ranks.

"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best", Uber said in a statement confirming Jones' resignation.

Travis Kalanick's admission that he needed help running the company came after a dashboard video surfaced that showed him arguing with an Uber driver over fares.

Uber announced in August that it had hired Jones, who joined from retail giant Target, where he had worked as chief marketing officer. Graves was previously moved into the role 2010 after Kalanick took over the reins as chief exec and was moved over to heading up the company's delivery business, UberEverything after Jones took over as president.

Jones is the latest in a string of high-level executives to leave the company. As the No. 2 to controversial CEO Travis Kalanick, he headed the company's ride-sharing operations, marketing and customer support divisions, per CNN. This month alone, Uber's vice president of product and growth Ed Baker stepped down, in addition to security researcher Charlie Miller's departure. Earlier this month, Uber asked engineering executive Amit Singhai to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment during his tenure at Google, NBC News reported.

The New York Times reported that Uber had developed a tool that it used to deliberately deceive authorities in cities that had either banned the app or were trying to restrict its use.

"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.

Last month, Uber employees spoke with CNNTech about the company's culture and work-life balance - or lack thereof.

Uber is among the fastest-growing tech startups in history, launching in 2009 as a way to order idle black town cars and over the next eight years evolving into a global transportation company worth $68 billion.

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