Uber president Jeff Jones quits after six months in role

Posted Марта 20, 2017

Even worse for Uber is the scathing assessment that Jones had of the company.

Jones' departure comes after a series of difficulties at Uber, Recode and The Wall Street Journal reported.

Jones, said sources, determined that this was not the situation he signed on for, especially after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced a search for a new COO to help him right the very troubled ship.

Uber president Jeff Jones has quit his role after less than one year in the job, the auto hailing giant has confirmed.

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Just six months after joining Uber as its president and the head of the company's ridesharing business, Jeff Jones has thrown in the towel, citing differences in the approach to leadership there. "This is the first time I've been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it". This month alone, Uber's vice president of product and growth Ed Baker stepped down, in addition to security researcher Charlie Miller's departure. His remit was to improve Uber's brand, but as the company's one of the companies top executives, he had ringside seats during an especially rollercoaster month for Uber, who are no stranger to controversy but had new problems, ranging from sexual harassment allegations, to the resignation of another top executive. The blog post prompted an internal investigation that is being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

"Over the last six months, Ryan and I have become increasingly convinced that our rapidly growing marketing efforts needed to be far more integrated with our city operations", Kalanick wrote in a post announcing Jones' hire.

Uber also acknowledged it has used a programme to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its service in cities around the world.

Moreover, the ride-hailing giant is now in a lawsuit with Alphabet's self-driving vehicle company Waymo over alleged theft of self-driving technology.

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