March 20, 2017
Uber president Jeff Jones is calling it quits after just six months at the high-tech ride-hailing company, citing differences in leadership philosophies.
Jones told Recode his values and approach to leadership do not mesh with those of Uber.
“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,” he said.
Uber, which confirmed Jones’ departure on Sunday, issued a brief statement: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced Jones’ decision in a note to staff.
“After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber,” Kalanick wrote. “It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an e-mail before providing comment publicly.”
Sources told Recode that Kalanick’s decision to search for and hire a new COO to help him smooth the troubled waters at Uber was not the reason for Jones’ decision to leave, even though that position would outrank him. Rather, the sources said, Uber’s troubles — from sexism allegations, to disgruntled drivers, to the lawsuit it has been slapped with courtesy of Google to the $20 million fine it was slapped with by the FTC — were behind Jones’ decision.
Jones left his role as Target’s CMO last fall to take the job at Uber.
The announcement of Jones’ departure of the embattled company is not the only one, however.
Uber vice-president of maps and business Brian McClendon will also leave the San Francisco-based company at month’s end, The New York Times is reporting. His March 28 departure will be an amicable one and McClendon, who wants to explore politics, will continue on as an adviser to the firm, according to the article.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.