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Uber President Only Made It 6 Months Before Resigning

Uber President Only Made It 6 Months Before Resigning

Jones departure comes as a major setback; as he was hinted as a big hire by Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick. It was thought that Mr. Jones was not happy that the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates. A former chief marketing officer of retailer Target and executive veep of global marketing for apparel concern Gap, he was brought in get the ride-sharing-with-harassment-on-the-side company growing beyond early adopters.

On Sunday, Uber said that the ride sharing president of Uber, Jeff Jones left the company after six months of joining it. Brian McClendon, the maps and business platform Vice President at Uber, is also planning to leave by the end of this month. An established digital cartographer, McClendon was an alum of Google where he was was "instrumental" in Google Earth, and "his departure from Uber is concerning considering how strategically important mapping and geolocation services are to the ride-hailing company".

"I'll be staying on as an adviser", McClendon said in a statement to Reuters. He added that the election this past fall and the ongoing fiscal crisis taking place in Kansas was driving him to take part in democracy. On being hired, he was seen by most to be a voice of reason and maturity at Uber, able enough to deal with the internal turmoil at the company.

In recent weeks, two other high profile Uber execs have departed: Ed Baker, who was vice president of product and growth, and Amit Singhal, senior vice president of engineering.

In the statement to Recode, that broke the news, Jones said his leadership approach was "inconsistent" with what he saw at the San Francisco-based company.

In a blog post on February 19, Susan Fowler, a woman engineer at Uber chronicled what she called a unusual and horrifying year in a culture she said is rife with sexual harassment, abetted by an unresponsive human resources department.

For starters, Uber's decision to seek a COO was spurred by an embarrassing video that showed Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver over fare reductions that the driver claimed had hurt his income. Uber has since prohibited the use of the program. The company is also being sued by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, for allegedly stealing self-driving technology. Uber has said the claims are false. He was in charge of the company's operations, customer support, and branding divisions.


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