Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.
Ridesharing giant Uber took another hit with the departure of its president, Jeff Jones, after just six months, United States media reported Sunday. Former Uber Engineer, Susan Fowler, who was one of multiple people to leave the company in a short period of time, blasted Uber with sexual harassment claims in a viral blog post in February 2017. Jones arrived at Uber in October 2016, after leaving Target, where he was a superstar chief marketing officer.
Uber didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on McClendon's departure.
The challenges facing Uber include an important lawsuit over its self-driving technology. However, in a note to staff, Kalanick offered a different reason for Jones' departure, saying, "After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber".
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These two new departures from Uber indicate trouble within the organization, leaving a vacant in leadership that most likely won't be easily filled. CEO Travis Kalanick said he needed help running the company.
Uber President Only Made It 6 Months Before Resigning
Last month, Uber employees spoke with CNNTech about the company's "grueling" work pace and work-life balance - or lack thereof. Jones was responsible for operations, marketing and customer support worldwide.
McClendon reportedly said in a statement that he is departing Uber on March 28 on amicable terms and that he will stay on as an advisor to the company. A month later, a former employee wrote a blog post about sexual discrimination she faced as an engineer at the company, prompting a company-wide independent investigation.
Additionally, the company has also come under fire for its reported use of a tool that allows it to avoid regulation and law enforcement.
The resignation is said to have been "completely unexpected". Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber's famed security researcher, departed. Public perception of Uber has deteriorated over the past few months because of controversies and boycotts stemming largely from Kalanick's behavior and actions.
"It's unfortunate that sometimes companies, like human beings, have to go through a crisis for major changes to take place".
Whoever joins Kalanick's side will be tasked with helping to fix the company's image after a number of other scandals in recent months, including employee allegations of sexual harassment, cut-throat management and a toxic work environment.