Uber president quits firm saying its values are 'inconsistent' with his

Posted March 20, 2017

The turmoil and scandals surrounding ride-sharing company Uber has claimed another victim, with company president Jeff Jones quitting less than seven months into his tenure.

Jones, who was the chief marketing officer at Target Corp before joining Uber, apparently made a decision to step down after CEO Travis Kalanick recently announced that the company was looking for a chief operating officer to help him "write the next chapter" in Uber's journey.

With a very public rebuke of Uber's corporate culture, newly installed president Jeff Jones has resigned after just six months.

Either way, it appears clear that Jones - who is believed to be personally averse to conflict - came to the decision himself that the situation was more than he bargained for. Jeff Jones in his early days at Uber spent time as the president of the company, and also met with drivers and sent them emails about the future developments and recommendations, Recode reports. It is now facing sexual harrassment and sexism allegations; accusations of stealing self-driving technology from Google parent company Alphabet; and a tarnished image because of its CEO's perceived support for USA president Donald Trump a few months back. This comes as major news because Jones joined Uber only six months back. The multiple controversies that have hit the company over the last several weeks were likely too much to handle for the former Target executive, who "doesn't like conflict".

Jones was second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick, running Uber's ride-hailing operations, marketing and customer support.

The company was the subject of a consumer boycott after the company continued to operate during a taxicab protest at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport following President Trump's first travel ban. Two separate, well-placed sources at the company have told the BBC that Mr Kalanick will likely step down as chief executive soon after the new COO is in place.

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

Uber has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons since the start of 2017.

Last month, former Uber employee Susan Fowler Rigetti published a long blog post describing a "hellish" workplace where sexual harassment was common and left unpunished.

"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick said later in an apology email to the entire company.