Uber president Jeff Jones has resigned: Recode
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:
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.
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