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Chitchat Huat Ah! Uber President Ran Road Resigned already, can close shop!

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  1. tun_dr_m

    tun_dr_m Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Uber president Jeff Jones has resigned: Recode

    Photo: AFP

    Different day, but the same tough times at Uber. Uber President Jeff Jones has quit, Recode reported Sunday.

    The decision to leave directly relates to Uber's last two months of PR hell, anonymous sources told Recode.

    Uber PR provided this statement: "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best."

    But the communications representative declined to elaborate more on the record about Jones's decision to leave.

    The departure was effective immediately, and it seems to be that Uber has yet to decide who will take on the responsibilities.

    Not long after, what appears to be a company message from Kalanick to employees addressing the matter appeared on Twitter:
    on Twitter

    Travis Kalanick's email to employees about President Jeff Jones's sudden departure pic.twitter.com/VuHovwixUb
    — Eric Newcomer (@EricNewcomer) March 19, 2017

    The straw that broke the camel's back, according to Recode, was CEO Travis Kalanick announcing his decision to hire a chief operating officer to help him put the ride-hailing giant back on track.

    It wasn't that Uber was looking hire another No. 2, according to these sources; instead, it seems to be the fact that a COO was necessary at all.

    Jones worked as the chief marketing officer for Target before joining Uber in September 2016. Jones had replaced Ryan Graves, the former CEO of Uber who Kalanick replaced in 2010.

    Graves, who now serves as head of operations, has reportedly been absent at Uber since the crisis.

    Shortly after the post from Recode went live, Graves retweeted a tweet from The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington with lessons on being busy.

    Huffington is a member of Uber's board, and Kalanick recently appointed her to conduct an internal review for the company in the wake of recent scandals over the treatment of Uber's female employees.

    All of which is to say: Clearly, Graves will be busier than ever before.

    Read the full article here.
  2. obama.bin.laden

    obama.bin.laden Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Uber president quits after just 6 months amid turmoil and search for COO
    Ride services company Uber is thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones.
    Mar 20, 2017, 7:36 am SGT
    5 hours ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - Uber Technologies president Jeff Jones is quitting after just six months, amid multiple controversies engulfing the ride-hailing company.

    The scandals range from allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work culture to the combative behavior of chief executive officer Travis Kalanick. After Bloomberg published a video on Feb 28 showing Kalanick berating an Uber driver, he said he would seek "leadership help" and was planning to hire a chief operating officer.

    The plan was viewed internally as an effective demotion for Jones, who was hired last year as president of ride-sharing and second in command, a person familiar with the matter said.

    In an email to staff on Sunday, Kalanick said Jones "made an important impact on the company" during his six months there. "After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber," Kalanick wrote, according to a copy of the email obtained by Bloomberg.

    Jones decided to leave because the long string of controversies are not what he signed on for when he left his post as chief marketing officer at Target Corp, according to Recode, which reported his departure earlier Sunday. Jones's purview at the closely held company included Uber's brand, which took a beating during his short tenure, largely for reasons beyond his control.

    "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," Uber wrote in an emailed statement.

    Uber has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons this year. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing app was accused of undermining a taxi strike against US President Donald Trump's immigration ban in January. Kalanick stepped down from Trump's business advisory council after a #DeleteUber movement began to pick up steam. In February, a former employee wrote a blog post about her experiences of sexual harassment while working for the company, and Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc's autonomous car company Waymo for allegedly stealing trade secrets.

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