In an escalating series of happenings that are set to dent the struggling Uber reputation further, the Uber’s President Jeff Jones has stepped down adding to a growing list of key executives the ride-hailing company has lost in recent weeks.
Jeff was hired as president just six months ago and the chain of executive departures doesn’t help the organization as the ride-hailing giant reels from an escalating series of recent controversies.
“Jeff joined Uber in October 2016 from being CMO at retailer Target. In six months, he made an important impact on the company – from his focus on being driver-obsessed to delivering our first brand reputation study, which will help set our course in the coming months and year,” Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, said in a message to staff, according to Recode.
Mr. Jones decided to leave Uber on his own. “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber,” added the CEO said in an email to employees reportd by The Wall Street Journal.
Brian Clendon, Uber’s vice president of maps and business platform also announced that he would be stepping down the firm to move into politics, however he will retain an advisory role. “I’ll be staying on as an adviser,” said Clendon. “This fall’s election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy.”
In addition to Mr. Jones and Clendon, the VP of product and growth, Ed Baker and security researcher Charlie Miller both left the Uber earlier this month. Another staffer and Engineering executive Amit Singhal, was forced to resign over sexual harassment allegations from his past job at Google.