Jeff Jones, Uber’s president resigns amidst challenges

Jeff Jones, Uber’s president resigns amidst challenges

Jeff Jones, a marketing expert and president of Uber Technologies Inc. who joined the company in less than seven months has resigned.

Jeff was actually hired by the transportation company to help provide solution to the challenges the company is currently dealing with.

In a statement to Reuters, Jones said he could not continue as president of a business with which he was incompatible.

“I joined Uber because of its mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long term. 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,” Jones said.

The resignation will have been fuelled when Uber announced the search for a chief operating officer earlier this month,to help run the company alongside chief executive Travis Kalanick,which were part of the responsibilities of Jones in the company.

Consequently, Uber’s vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, also plans to leave the company at the end of the month to explore politics. “I’ll be staying on as an adviser,” McClendon said in a statement to Reuters. “This fall’s election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy.”

Last month, engineering executive Amit Singhal was asked to resign due to a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google. Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber’s vice president of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber’s famed security researcher, departed.

Uber’s reputation has been on the line as multiple controversies have been springing up from employees. 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.

Bloomberg also released a video that showed Kalanick,the3 Chief Executive berating an Uber driver who had complained about cuts to rates paid to drivers, resulting in Kalanick making a public apology.

And 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 No. 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.┬áHe joined Uber from Target Corp, where he was chief marketing officer and is credited with modernizing the retailer’s brand.

The Independent Drivers Guild, an organization that advocates for Uber drivers, was critical that Jones “has left the company without making a single improvement to help drivers struggling to make a living,” said Ryan Price, executive director of the guild.