Uber’s president Jeff Jones joins the long string of top-level departures

By : |March 20, 2017 0

Here comes another blow for the car-hailing company, Uber, making situations worse. Amid a long list of scandalling events that include allegations of sexual harassment, a faulty behaviour of chief executive officer Travis Kalanick, departures of top executives, Uber-President Jeff Jones has decided to quit, within six months of joining the firm.

The company confirmed Jones departure through an email to employees, which said, “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”

Jones departure is directly connected to the ongoing struggle inside the company, reports Recode. The increased pressure due to the flood of allegations has affected Jone’s stance, forcing him to leave within six months of joining the company.

CIOL Uber's President Jeff Jones joins the long string of top-level departures

“I joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term,” Jones said to Recode. “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.”

However, according to the letter sent by Kalanick, the reason for Jones departure is something else. The letter said, “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber.”

To save the sinking ship, Kalanick made a public announcement to hire COO earlier this month.

Kalanick further confirmed the company structure also. “Rachel, Pierre and Mac will continue to lead the Global Ops teams, reporting to me until we have signed a COO. Troy Stevenson, who leads CommOps, and Shalin Amin who leads brand design will report to Rachel Holt. Ab Gupta will report to Andrew MacDonald,” Kalanick wrote.

Jones departure follows the exit of SVP of engineering Amit Singhal. Uber’s VP of Product and Growth Ed Baker also resigned following the resignation of Uber’s AI labs head Gary Marcus.

Apart from the sexual harassment cases, Uber is also involved in lawsuit case. Alphabet’s self-driving division Waymo has filed a patent and infringement lawsuit against Uber for “building their self-driving efforts on stolen tech, which a former Googler Andrew Levandowski brought over with the acquisition of his self-driving truck startup Otto.”

Going with the current situations, Uber needs a miracle to overcome the persistent obstacles.