Uber president Jeff Jones steps down, cites leadership differences

Elizabeth Williams
March 21, 2017

Jeff Jones, Uber's president of just six months, is leaving the company following a series of company-wide scandals and an environment that he said was "inconsistent" with his "beliefs and approach to leadership".

A source told the BBC Mr Jones was frustrated the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates.

Jones, who played a crucial role in modernising Target's brand, was believed to be hired to restore Uber's tainted image.

To top it all off, Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet-owned company Waymo alleging the vehicle service company stole their designs for its self-driving auto technology known as Lidar. Uber confirmed Jones' departure in a statement Sunday.

Last month, Google's self-driving arm, Waymo, filed a lawsuit against Uber, alleging that its technology was modeled off of stolen intellectual property.

It's one thing for drivers - who are at the bottom of the totem pole - to launch grievances against the company, but executive officials jumping ship speaks volumes about the tumultuous culture Uber has fostered from top to bottom.

Mr Jones is to be followed out...

In an email to staff on Sunday, Kalanick said Jones "made an important impact on the company" during his six months there. The most recent trouble to befall the firm is Jeff Jones, the Uber President's decision to step down after reports of disagreements up the ladder surfaced.

Former employee Susan Fowler published a blog post with damning claims about a culture that suppressed sexual harassment claims filed by female employees.

In related news, the New York Times' Brian X. Chen writes that he looked forward to this year's SXSW with trepidation because Uber and Lyft had pulled out of Austin last May after it voted to tighten regulations on ride-sharing services. Uber asked Amit Singhal, a vice president of engineering, to resign, after the company learned he'd failed to disclose an allegation of sexual harassment against him at his former employer, Google.

While Uber is now the world's leading ride-sharing service, a number of competitors have recently sprung up, aiming to attract customers who may be exhausted of the company and looking for socially-conscious alternatives. The company said it would review how it uses the software - which allows the company to display the app differently to individual users - and prohibited "its use to target action by local regulators going forward", the company said. Public perception of Uber has deteriorated over the past few months because of controversies and boycotts stemming largely from Kalanick's behavior and actions. Otherwise, the company will face even bigger problems after Uber President quitted.

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