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 bolster its reputation
Uber’s president, Jeff Jones, has resigned saying the company’s values did not align with his own.
The resignation comes six months after the company’s second in command joined the organization.
An Uber spokesman announced Jones had quit on Sunday, as the San Francisco firm continues to deal with the backlash from a sexual harassment scandal.
In a statement, Jones said: ‘The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride-sharing business .’
Jones’s role was put into question earlier this month when Uber launched a search for a chief operating officer to help run the company alongside Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.
Jones had been performing some of those COO responsibilities.
He joined Uber from Target, where he was chief marketing officer and is credited with modernizing the retailer’s brand.
‘We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,’ a spokesman for Uber said in an emailed statement.
Jones is the latest in a string of high-level executives to leave the company.
In February, engineering executive Amit Singhal was asked to resign amid a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber’s vice president of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber’s top security researcher, departed to join rival Didi, China’s larger ride-hailing company.
Engineering executive Amit Singhal, (left), was asked to resign amid a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc’s Google and earlier this month Ed Baker, Uber’s vice president of product and growth, stepped down
Uber, while it has long had a reputation as an aggressive and unapologetic startup, has been battered with multiple controversies over the last several weeks that have put Kalanick’s leadership capabilities and the company’s future into question.
A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.
The blog post prompted an internal investigation that is being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Then, Bloomberg released a video that showed Kalanick berating a Uber driver who had complained about cuts to rates paid to drivers, resulting in Kalanick making a public apology.
Kalanick was caught on camera shouting ‘bulls***’ at driver Fawzi Kamel who confronted him at the end of a Super Bowl Sunday ride in San Francisco for lowering the prices of black car rides.
Kalanick swiftly addressed it in a memo to staff which DailyMail.com obtained.
‘To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement,’ he began his apology, later admitting that he needs ‘leadership help’ and to ‘grow up’.
The footage showed Kalanick yelling at driver Fawzi Kamel who said he’d ‘bankrupted’ him
Following President Trump’s controversial travel ban, taxi drivers protested by refusing to make pick ups from LaGuardia Airport in New York City from 6-7pm that night.
Uber announced around 7.30 that night that they would not be instituting surge prices for travelers wishing to travel to and from the airport.
Under fire: Travis Kalanick, billionaire and chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc.
Responding to what was seen as blatant opportunism, social media responded by drumming up support for a trending hashtag DeleteUber, and overall, 200,000 users did.
Earlier this month Uber confirmed it had used a secret technology program dubbed ‘Greyball,’ which effectively changes the app view for specific riders, to evade authorities in cities where the service has been banned.
Uber has since prohibited the use of Greyball to target local regulators.
Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car division that accuses it of stealing designs for autonomous car technology known as Lidar.
Uber has said the claims are false.
Jones joined Uber in August and was widely expected to be Kalanick’s Number 2. Jones was tasked with overseeing the bulk of Uber’s global operations, including leading the ride-hailing program, running local Uber services in every city, marketing and customer service, and working with drivers.