Uber president resigns, says values didn’t align
Jeff Jones is the latest executive to leave the ride-hailing company.
Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.
In a brief statement, Uber didn’t say why Jones left. “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” it said.
Jones told the tech blog Recode, which first reported his resignation, that his values didn’t align with Uber’s.
“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 in a written statement.
Jones is the latest of several high-level executives to leave the San Francisco-based company.
Last month, a top engineering executive, Amit Singhal, left Uber five weeks after his hire was announced. He allegedly failed to disclose that he’d left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.
Ed Baker, Uber’s vice president of product and growth, resigned earlier this month. So did Charlie Miller, Uber’s top security researcher, who left to join Didi, China’s larger ride-hailing company.
Jones’ departure comes days after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company will hire a chief operating officer who can help write its “next chapter.”
Jones had left Target, where he was chief marketing officer, to join Uber in September.
Jones appeared to have big plans for Uber as recently as last month, when he posted a note on Facebook promising to give drivers better support, clearer communication and an improved driver app.
“From all I heard and experienced, one thing is clear: we have a lot of work to do!” he wrote. “This update is just the beginning.”
Last month Jones also held a 30-minute live Q-and-A session on Facebook, which drew more than 600 questions, but few in-depth answers from Jones.
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