Uber troubles continue: President leaves troubled company after just six months
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Jeff Jones, president of the ride-sharing app company Uber, has resigned after a brief six months in the position. Recode broke the story and reported a statement Jones sent them detailing his reasons for quitting: “It is now clear, however, that 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.”
It’s not difficult to see why Jones expressed such sentiments. His departure comes as the most recent manifestation of Uber’s troubles. CEO Travis Kalanick has been at the center of several controversies, including aggressive behavior towards an Uber driver and a much-lambasted stint on President Trump’s economic advisory panel.
An online video released in February showed the CEO angrily and vulgarly arguing with Fawzi Kamel, an Uber driver who pressed Kalanick about fares being too low. Kalanick issued a public apology after the video went viral, admitting “I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.”
The month before, Kalanick quit President Trump’s advisory panel after public backlash against Uber for operating at JFK airport during a taxi strike in response to Trump’s travel restriction. Nearly a quarter of a million people deleted the Uber app as part of a #DeleteUber online protest, according to the LA Times.
The company’s woes do not stop there. An executive in the engineering department, Amit Singhal, “was asked to resign after failing to disclose a sexual harassment claim from his previous job at Google,” NPR reports. Google also recently sued Uber for stealing over 14,000 confidential files from its self-driving car project Waymo. A Waymo engineer allegedly downloaded the files before going to work for Uber.
A software developer, Keala Lusk, said she experienced sexist remarks from her manager, another woman, who put her down for wearing tank-tops. Lusk described a general trend of toxicity, including underpaid interns and power struggles. Like Rigetti, Lusk says HR did nothing.