Uber president Jeff Jones to step down as leadership turmoil intensifies

Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the ride-hailing company as it continues to face issues of sexism and leadership.

Uber is not having a very good year, with controversy after controversy hounding the cab-hailing company like flies chasing a dying animal.

- Jeff Jones, Uber's president of ride sharing, has left the company after just six months, Uber said on Sunday.

The natural disaster that has hit Uber in the past few weeks has taken down another executive. Listening is where we get our best ideas, because they come from you, the people using Uber every day " he wrote.

Jones' departure comes after a series of difficulties at Uber, Recode and The Wall Street Journal reported.

In recent weeks, two other high profile Uber execs have departed: Ed Baker, who was vice president of product and growth, and Amit Singhal, senior vice president of engineering.

The reasons for his departure were not immediately clear, but Jones' role was put into question after Uber earlier this month launched a search for a chief operating officer to help run the company alongside Chief Executive Travis Kalanick. In late January, Uber was hit was a social media campaign called #DeleteUber after the company was perceived as not being in sync with those protesting President Trump's first Muslim travel ban. In the post, a prominent former engineer at Uber, Susan Fowler, described the company as "an organization in complete, unrelenting chaos".

Last month, Uber employees spoke with CNNTech about the company's culture and work-life balance - or lack thereof. He brought in Uber adviser and former USA attorney general Eric Holder to conduct an internal investigation and began his hunt for a COO.

The controversies have cast doubt even among Uber's oldest investors on Kalanick's ability to lead a company valued at $70 billion with plans to go public in the next few years.

Moreover, the ride-hailing giant is now in a lawsuit with Alphabet's self-driving auto company Waymo over alleged theft of self-driving technology.



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