Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns After Six Months of Controversy

Posted March 20, 2017

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

Jones' role as president meant he was in charge of all of Uber's operations, marketing, and customer support around the globe - a position that unseated Uber's first CEO Ryan Graves.

"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". "There are thousands of incredible people at the company, and I truly wish everyone well".

Jones is the latest to quit the company after a string of high profile exits including that of Amit Singhal who was asked to resign because of a sexual harassment allegation against hime in his previous job at Alphabet Inc's Google.

Jones spent much of the beginning of his tenure as the president of ride-sharing driving for Uber and meeting with drivers, after which he sent drivers an email about what he learned and what the company intends to do.

A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.

Kalanick and Jones met just a year ago at the TED conference in Vancouver and there was much excitement that the company was attracting top-level corporate execs. Uber has since prohibited the use of Greyball to target local regulators.

"In 6 months, he made an important impact on the company - from his focus on being driver obsessed to delivering our first brand reputation study, which will help set our course in the coming months and year", Chief Executive Travis Kalanick wrote in a company-wide email.

After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber.

Jones was poached in August from Target (TGT), where he served as chief marketing officer. Ab Gupta will report to Andrew MacDonald.