Another week brings another round of bad press for Uber.
The ride-hailing company that seems to be a magnet for controversy has lost
its president: Jeff Jones recently handed in his resignation.
In his wake, he questioned the company’s leadership and direction, saying
this in a statement
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
There are thousands of amazing people at the company, and I truly wish
Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick, gave a tight-lipped public
We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all
Behind the scenes, Kalanick was more open, telling his staff in a note:
After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough
decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber. It is unfortunate that
this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send
all of you an email before providing comment publicly.
How to break bad news to staff and take tough questions head-on.]
In October, Uber hired Jones from his position at Target to help clean up
the image problems the company cultivated through some of its questionable
business tactics and Kalanick’s increasingly frequent missteps.
In recent weeks, a former female engineer
detailed stories of misogyny and dysfunction at the company, and a viral video
involving Kalanick arguing with a driver followed shortly after. The company brought in former U.S. attorney general
Eric Holder to investigate the former and pledged to seek leadership help
following the latter.