Uber president Jeff Jones quits

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 20th, 2017

Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year, according to the technology news website Recode.

Recode has reported that “sources familiar with the matter” said the  move by the No. 2 exec is directly related to the multiple controversies there, including explosive charges of sexism and sexual harassment.

Jones, sources told Recode, determined that this was not the situation he signed on for, especially after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced a search for a new COO to help him right the very troubled ship.

That was not the reason for Jones’ departure, said sources, even though it meant that Kalanick was bringing in a new exec who could outrank him. Instead, these sources said, Jones determined that the situation at the company was more problematic than he realised.

Jones replaced board member Ryan Graves, who started at the company as CEO but relinquished that role to Travis Kalanick in 2010, as president. Graves now heads up the company’s delivery business, UberEverything. The transition was pitched as a necessary move as the ride-hail company continued to scale.

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