Uber pres­i­dent re­signs, says val­ues didn’t align

Jeff Jones is the lat­est ex­ec­u­tive to leave the ride-hail­ing com­pany.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - From wire ser­vices Uber

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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