Uber President Leaving Company After Just Six Months

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

After just six months, the president of Uber, Jeff Jones, is leaving the company.

In another addition to Uber's not-so-great news timeline, the company's president, Jeff Jones, resigned over the weekend, after spending less than a year working directly under CEO Travis Kalanick.

Recode reports that Jones, who joined the company just six months ago, made a decision to leave the company over a difference in Uber's approach to leadership.

It is rumoured that Jones was annoyed after he was not considered for the role of chief operating office, after the company began looking to hire for the position.

The company confirmed the departure of the short lived president through the CEO. Late last month, Amit Singhal, senior vice-president for engineering, was let go for not revealing when he was hired that he had been booted out of Google over sexual harassment charges. This comes as major news because Jones joined Uber only six months back.

Uber, while it has long had a reputation as an aggressive and unapologetic startup, has been battered with multiple controversies over the last several weeks that have put Kalanick's leadership capabilities and the company's future into question.

Jones joined Uber from Target Corp, where he was chief marketing officer and is credited with modernising the retailer's brand.

Uber called that the decision completely out of a blue moon.

Around the same time, the company was also contending with drivers angry over various workplace and compensation issues ― and received little relief following a public and disastrous Q&A that Jones led via Facebook. In a statement that the Ex-President has sent to Recode; he says that his approach and beliefs are not consistent with what he has seen and experienced at Uber; and that he can no more continue being the President.

This was preceded by Kalanick being filmed arguing with an Uber driver.

Privately, however, the company has been shocked by his sudden departure, with other executives left disappointed at what they saw as a lack of professional courtesy in informing them of his plans.

The turmoil began when a former Uber employee posted a blog describing that Uber had a awful working environment, where sexual harassment was led unpunished. 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.

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