Uber president steps down after being ignored for the COO position
According to reports, Uber president Jeff Jones is set to quit after spending less than six months with the taxi booking app.
Uber called that the decision completely out of a blue moon. It was thought that Mr. Jones was not happy that the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates.
Othe other hand one of the tech news cite reported that Mr Jones left because of Uber’s sustained struggle with issues around sexism and sexual harassment.
The company said in a statement on Sunday: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”
Uber has reportedly been stunned by his unexpected departure, with most of the management left disappointed at what they saw as a lack of professional courtesy in informing them of his plans.
In the recent times Uber has been suffering a spate of controversies in 2017, the most serious being constant rows over a culture of sexism, and accusations of sexual harassment at the firm.
Following the video release of arguing with a driver over plunging rates, the firm’s co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick recently confessed he needed “leadership help”. Earlier this month, he publicized that the company was looking for a chief operating officer.
Reports said that company’s Mr. Kalanick may also step down once the firm’s new COO will be selected. The role would have effectively demoted Mr Jones, who was not himself being considered for the position.
Mr Kalanick said in a statement that “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.”