Uber President Jeff Jones Quits Amid Company Controversies
Uber President, Jeff Jones, abruptly quit the ride hailing tech company on Sunday. Recode, which broke the news, reported that Jones resignation was directly related to Ubers recent pileup of controversies that included a culture of rampant sexism and harassment.
Jones tenure with Uber lasted just six months: He left his role as chief marketing officer for Target in August 2016 to become Ubers president. Recode, citing unnamed sources within the company, characterized Jones as a conflict-averse leader whose had determined that Ubers problems were bigger than he realized.
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, Jones said in a statement to Recode.
Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed Jones departure in an email to employees on Sunday:
The past month and a half has been particularly bruising for the companys image.
Kalanick was recently caughton a dash cam video chewing out one of his own drivers and bragging about the companys hard-nose culture. The embarrassing video prompted the 40-year-old to release a statement saying, I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.
Kalanicks behavior made headlines just days after a former engineer penned an explosive viral blog post about her year working with the company. Former Uber employee Susan Fowler described Ubers workplace as a sexist, aggressive culture where her complaints of being sexually harassed by her manager were met with indifference by the human resources department and retribution by upper management.
The post prompted Ubers early investors to called on Kalanick to change what they said was the companys destructive culture.
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 anddisastrous Q&A that Jones led via Facebook.
Prior to that, Uber endured the first of two #DeleteUber campaigns after users protested the company. The company deliberately turned off surge pricing during a taxi strike at at major airports around the country. Taxi drivers were striking in solidarity with the thousands of protesters who had gathered to protest President Donald Trumps immigration ban.
In between controversies, Uber hired a new chief operating officer to help Kalanick lead. The role, incidentally, pushed Jones one rung down on the companys ladder, though sources told Recode the company adding a COO was unrelated to his departure.
Jones full statement reads:
I joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term.
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.
There are thousands of amazing people at the company, and I truly wish everyone well.