The scandals at the firm range from allegations of sexual harassment and an anti-female work culture to the combative behaviour of Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick.
Uber has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons this year. Jones told Reuters that he’s leaving because he has not been able to relate to the kind of business Uber is into. Kalanick brought this up in an email to employees, seemingly indicating that Jones’ departure was related to the company’s decision to hire a COO.
In a prepared statement Jones sent to Recode, he said beliefs and leadership approach that guided his career were inconsistent with what he experienced and saw at Uber.
The hiring of Mr. Jones last August was highly publicized by the company. The former Chief Marketing Officer at Target would be responsible for Uber’s operations, marketing, and customer support globally.
As per a report by Recode, Uber corroborated news of Jones’s departure in a statement, offering him a gentle farewell message.
Brian McClendon, the aforementioned VP, has reportedly been planning to depart for some time, and will also remain connected to Uber in an advisory role. The maps executive said he was departing amicably and would stay on as an adviser. He planned to join the election next falls and wanted to participate in helping the government in managing the current fiscal crisis in Kansas. Other recent departures include Raffi Krikorian, a director in the company’s self-driving division, and VP of product and growth Ed Baker both left this month.
Last month, a top engineering executive, Amit Singhal, left Uber five weeks after his hire was announced. The campaign flared up once more when Susan J. Fowler, the aforementioned former Uber engineer, published a revelatory blog post about Uber’s sexist workplace culture and many instances of ignored and downplayed sexual harassment reports.
Kalanick also was criticised recently when he was filmed shouting at an Uber driver, afterwards admitting that he needed to “grow up” and get “leadership help”. The New York Times reported that Uber had developed a tool that it used to deliberately deceive authorities in cities that had either banned the app or were trying to restrict its use. The company is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet’s Inc after being accused for stealing designs of self-driving vehicle technology. Uber has said the claims are false.