After less than a year since he was appointed as president, Jeff Jones announced that he decided to quit Uber. According to Recode, his decision was directly influenced by the several controversies surrounding the car-hailing company, including the sexual harassment and sexism charges, which managed to keep the headlines lately.
Mr. Jones declared that when he accepted this position, he was definitely not signing for a situation like this. He also mentioned that CEO Travis Kalanick’s decision to search for a new COO, in order to help him fix this entire situation, didn’t have an influence on his decision, even though the new team member could outrank him.
“It is now clear, however, that 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 statement, give for the above-mentioned source.
Keeping it short, Jeff Jones said that Uber was way more problematic than he realized, so he decided that it’s better to call it quits.
“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” Travis Kalanick said in an official statement.
Last fall, when he joined Uber, he was seen as a high-perspective CMO, considering his background at Target, so everybody was looking forward to seeing Mr. Jones revitalizing Uber’s image. He replaced board member Ryan Graves, who started the company as Chief Executive Officer, eventually giving the position to Travis Kalanick, in 2010.