Uber boss Jeff Jones quits, deepening turmoil

By Heather Somerville

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Ride services association Uber Technologies Inc has been bearing deeper into misunderstanding with a depart of association boss Jeff Jones, a selling consultant hired to assistance alleviate a mostly disintegrating image.

Jones quit reduction than 7 months after fasten a San Francisco company, an Uber orator pronounced on Sunday.

In a matter to Reuters, Jones pronounced he could not continue as boss of a business with that he was incompatible.

“I assimilated Uber given of a mission, and a plea to build tellurian capabilities that would assistance a association mature and flower prolonged term,” Jones said.

“It is now clear, however, that a beliefs and proceed to care that have guided my career are unsuitable with what we saw and gifted during Uber, and we can no longer continue as boss of a float pity business,” he added. Jones wished a “thousands of extraordinary people during a company” well.

Jones’ purpose was put into doubt after Uber progressing this month launched a hunt for a arch handling officer to assistance run a association alongside Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.

Jones had been behaving some of those COO responsibilities. He assimilated Uber from Target Corp , where he was arch selling officer and is credited with modernizing a retailer’s brand.

“We wish to appreciate Jeff for his 6 months during a association and wish him all a best,” an Uber orator pronounced in an emailed statement.

Uber’s clamp boss of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, pronounced alone he skeleton to leave a association during a finish of a month to try politics.

“I’ll be staying on as an adviser,” McClendon pronounced in a matter to Reuters. “This fall’s choosing and a stream mercantile predicament in Kansas is pushing me to some-more entirely attend in a democracy.”

Jones and McClendon are a latest in a fibre of high-level executives to leave a company.

Last month, engineering executive Amit Singhal was asked to renounce due to a passionate nuisance claim stemming from his prior pursuit during Alphabet Inc’s Google. Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber’s clamp boss of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber’s famed confidence researcher, departed.

Technology news site Recode initial reported Jones’ depart on Sunday.

Uber, while it has prolonged had a repute as an assertive and unapologetic startup, has been smashed with mixed controversies over a final several weeks that have put Kalanick’s care capabilities and a company’s destiny into question.

A former Uber worker final month published a blog post describing a workplace where passionate nuisance was common and went unpunished. The blog post stirred an inner review that is being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Then, Bloomberg expelled a video that showed Kalanick berating an Uber motorist who had complained about cuts to rates paid to drivers, ensuing in Kalanick creation a open apology.

And progressing this month Uber reliable it had used a tip record module dubbed “Greyball,” that effectively changes a app perspective for specific riders, to hedge authorities in cities where a use has been banned. Uber has given taboo a use of Greyball to aim internal regulators.

Uber is also confronting a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc’s self-driving automobile multiplication that accuses it of hidden designs for unconstrained automobile record famous as Lidar. Uber has pronounced a claims are false.

Jones assimilated Uber in Aug and was widely approaching to be Kalanick’s No. 2. Jones was tasked with overseeing a bulk of Uber’s tellurian operations, including heading a ride-hailing program, using internal Uber services in each city, selling and patron service, and operative with drivers.

The Independent Drivers Guild, an classification that advocates for Uber drivers, on Sunday was vicious that Jones “has left a association but creation a singular alleviation to assistance drivers struggling to make a living,” pronounced Ryan Price, executive executive of a guild.

(Reporting by Heather Somerville in San Francisco and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru, Editing by Alistair Bell, Himani Sarkar and Gopakumar Warrier)