After less than a year as president of Uber, Jeff Jones is leaving the embattled ride-hailing company, Uber confirms.
The departure comes amid a series of sexual harassment allegations as well as being hit by a lawsuit from Waymo — Alphabet’s self-driving car unit — that threatens to potentially kneecap its autonomous driving efforts.
“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” an Uber spokesperson says in a statement.
Recode is reporting that the departure is directly related to the controversies at the company, which continue to mount and get worse. At the beginning of the year, people viewed that Uber was taking advantage of a major protest amid Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Jones, previously Target’s chief marketing officer, was brought on by CEO Travis Kalanick last fall to boost Uber’s reputation.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick issued a note to staff: “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber.”
In a statement Jones said,
“I joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term.
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.
There are thousands of amazing people at the company, and I truly wish everyone well.”