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UBER IN CRISIS: President Quits After 6 Months on the Job

“The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber,” he wrote.

Uber in 2016/17

Ride sharing company Uber is undergoing even more change as the tech company weathers a tumultuous start to 2017. President Jeff Jones announced his resignation in the press on Sunday.

Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year. The move by the No. 2 exec, said sources, is directly related to the multiple controversies there, including explosive charges of sexism and sexual harassment.

Jones spent just six months on the job. Upon departure, he offered a blistering assessment of the company, noting in part, “[T]he beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.”

Uber has weathered a tumultuous start to 2017. Last month, former employee Susan Fowler triggered a #DeleteUber phenomenon based upon her accusations of sexual harassment run amok at the company.

That same week, the New York Times published a scathing story about its work environment:

One Uber manager groped female co-workers’ breasts at a company retreat in Las Vegas. A director shouted a homophobic slur at a subordinate during a heated confrontation in a meeting. Another manager threatened to beat an underperforming employee’s head in with a baseball bat.

In response to Jones’ resignation, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent an email to employees that was circulated to the press. Kalanick described Jones’ decision as a “tough” one:

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.

Kalanick was caught on video last month arguing with an Uber driver about falling fares and the general direction of the company.