Uber President Jeff Jones is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year at the helm.
It’s been a dismal few months for Uber who were left red-faced on numerous occasions. These scandals, said sources, which include multiple cases of sexual harassment, are directly related to Jones’ decision to leave the company so abruptly.
Uber confirmed the departure, saying in a statement: “We want to thank Jeff for his months at the company and wish him all the best.”
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick addressed the departure in a note to staff: “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber. 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 comment publicly.”
Jones, a former Target chief marketing officer, confirmed his departure with a damaging assessment of Uber. “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.”
It’s been a tough few months for Uber who’ve been forced to defend their company on several fronts. Allegations of a sexist work environment were made by a former employee, before Alphabet-owned Waymo filed a lawsuit against Uber’s use of their self-driving technology.
On top of that, a video surfaced earlier this year showing CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver, forcing the CEO to admit he was looking for leadership help. They’ve also had to defend the use of authority-detecting technology, Greyball, first exposed by the NY Times. And have since said they will no longer use the controversial technology.