Uber president steps down after being ignored for the COO position

Uber president steps down after being ignored for the COO position

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 soften its often abrasive image.

Uber's president has abruptly quit, apparently over the controversies about sexism and sexual harassment within its workforce, Recode is reporting.

Uber was brief in its public statement on Sunday, with a spokesperson saying "we want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best".

Jones was Uber's second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick.

The resignation and the reasons for it were first reported by Recode Sunday afternoon, but later Uber confirmed that Jones had made a decision to step down. He allegedly failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.

His exit is not a surprise as it is been known for a time and his final day with Uber will be March 28.

While Jones' stay was short, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick acknowledged his work in a statement sent to staff.

Jones was certainly touted by Kalanick as a big hire when he arrived at Uber last fall from Target, where he was its well-regarded CMO.

Earlier this month, executive vice president for product and growth Ed Baker, who was said to have engaged in improper sexual behavior with an employee but not sexual harassment, also stepped down.

The post prompted Uber's early investors to called on Kalanick to change what they said was the company's "destructive culture." . He expressed his desire to leave the company stating that he can no longer continue serving as the president in the ride sharing company as the leadership beliefs and approaches which have guided his career throughout do not conform to his recent experience at Uber.

That very constituency reacted angrily Sunday, upset not so much by Jones' news but at what some of them see as Uber's second-class treatment of its global army of drivers.

Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, claimed in a blog post in February that she and several other female employees were sexually harassed at the company.

McClendon told Reuters that he is interested in politics, and to explore this, he is moving back to Kansas, where he grew up. 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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