Uber president Jeff Jones quits, troubles thicken for the company

Phillip Butler
March 21, 2017

Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the ride-hailing company after just six months on the job, the company confirmed on Sunday (19 March).

Jones has had to contend with a string of scandals at Uber including sexual harassment accusations, the use of a programme to evade law enforcement efforts, a lawsuit alleging theft of intellectual property from Google's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo, and the testing of self-driving cars without a permit.

Jones, according to sources, said that Uber's mounting roster of troubling controversies wasn't what he signed up for, especially after the fact that Kalanick made a decision to survey for a new chief operating officer for aid.

With the company wanting to float on the stock market, its anus horribilus continues to be in charge of the company and that's making potential shareholders rather jumpy, however, the company has rebuked claims that Kalanick will step down.

However, in confirming his departure to tech site Recode, Jones said he had found Uber to be incompatible with his own views.

The reaction was similar at a popular subreddit dedicated to Uber drivers.

Unlike Jones, who ripped Uber's leadership on his way out the door, McClendon said his decision is based primarily on his desire to go back home. He apologized and promised to hire a chief operating officer, saying he needed "leadership help".

In the wake of the allegations, two other senior executives have left Uber.

A few days later, the New York Times disclosed the existence of a secret software tool called "Greyball" that Uber had been using to con authorities in major cities around the world where its ride-hailing service is now banned. The blog post prompted an internal investigation that is being led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Last month, Waymo, the name of Google's 7-year-old self driving auto division, sued Uber, alleging that Otto's sensor technology was stolen by former Google employee Anthony Levandowski shortly before Levandowski left to found Otto.

In a post on Medium, another woman engineer at Uber, Aimee Lucido, called Fowler's tale "disgusting and appalling and horrifying", but not surprising since it is something she has been "shouting about" for years.

Uber, already has a reputation of being an aggressive and unapologetic company and in the last few months, its name has been entangled with many controversies, which have put the leadership capabilities of Kalanick in a questionable situation.

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