Uber president resigns amongst multiple controversies

Uber president Jeff Jones has left the taxi-hailing firm Uber after less than six months in the job.

Jones claims that working at Uber was ‘incompatible with his values’ but Uber claim that Mr Jones was frustrated the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates.

Jones’s departure is the latest blow to the company, after revelations of a secret programme to evade law enforcement, allegations of workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, and the landmark law case over gig economy rights which spiraled many other companies to lead similar investigations.

According to technology news site Recode, Mr Jones left because of Uber’s continued struggle with issues around sexism and sexual harassment.

He told the magazine, which first reported his resignation:

“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.”

Uber has suffered a spate of controversies in 2017, the most serious being ongoing rows over a culture of sexism, and accusations of sexual harassment at the firm.

The claims were levied by a former employee, Susan Fowler. Following Fowler’s publication of a blogpost detailing her experience at the company.

Jones is the one of several senior executives who have left Uber in recent weeks. Other departures include Uber’s vice-president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, its top engineering executive, Amit Singhal, Ed Baker, Uber’s vice-president of product and growth and Charlie Miller, its top security researcher.

 

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