Uber president Jeff Jones quits as turmoil continues

  • Jeff Jones has stepped down after just six months as Uber's president
  • He said his values did not align with those of the company
  • Jones previously worked for Target and was revered for modernizing their brand 
  • Uber has been stricken with a number of scandals since the start of the year 

 Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help bolster its reputation

Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help bolster its reputation

Uber's president, Jeff Jones, has resigned saying the comapany's values did not align with his own.

The resignation comes less than seven months after the company's second in command joined the organization.

An Uber spokesman announced Jones had quit on Sunday, as the San Francisco firm continues to deal with the backlash from a sexual harassment scandal.

In a statement, Jones said: '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 .'

Jones's role was put into question earlier this month when Uber launched a search for a chief operating officer to help run the company alongside Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.

Jones had been performing some of those COO responsibilities. 

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

'We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,' the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Jones is the latest in a string of high-level executives to leave the company. 

Last month, engineering executive Amit Singhal was asked to resign amid a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc's Google. 

Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber's top security researcher, departed. 

 engineering executive Amit  Singhal was asked to resign amid a sexual harassment allegation  stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc's GoogleEarlier  this month, Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and  growth stepped down
 Engineering executive Amit Singhal, left, was asked to resign amid a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc's Google and earlier this month Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and growth, stepped down
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. 

A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished. The blog post prompted an internal investigation that is being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Then, Bloomberg released a video that showed Kalanick berating a Uber driver who had complained about cuts to rates paid to drivers, resulting in Kalanick making a public apology.

 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

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

Following President Trump's controversial travel ban, taxi drivers protested by refusing to make pick ups from LaGuardia Airport in New York City from 6-7pm that night. 

Uber announced around 7:30 that night that they would not be instituting surge prices for travelers wishing to travel to and from the airport.

Regardless of the reason, it promoted a trending hashtag DeleteUber, and a large number of users deleted the app. 

Earlier this month Uber confirmed it had used a secret technology program dubbed 'Greyball,' which effectively changes the app view for specific riders, to evade authorities in cities where the service has been banned.

Uber has since prohibited the use of Greyball to target local regulators.

Jones joined Uber in August and was widely expected to be Kalanick's Number 2. 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.

 

 

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By Mathias Dillion 03/20/2017 05:49:00