Remember? Remember #DeleteUber? Well guess who joined the trend!
President Ex-President of Uber, Jeff Jones.
As you might have been aware (if you keep up with our posts), Uber has had a pretty rough road to drive through after the “Muslim ban” incident. Everything that compiled up after that was too much for anyone to handle, especially Jeff. A series of sexual harassment allegations, his public outbursts, and the controversies between his relationship with President Trump, lead to his Uber-expiration date.
Recode was the first to broadcast this news, claiming that Uber hasn’t released much information on this other than wishing him the best for the future.
“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” – Jones.
CEO Travis Kalanick was determined to hire a COO, which many think was the main reason for Jeff’s departure from the company; but he insisted on the fact that the company was “more problematic than he realized”.
Protests directed at the sexual assaults committed by higher ups at Uber
- In January, we had over 200,000 riders delete Uber (in one weekend).
- In February, we had thousands of people fill up Jeff Jones’ Facebook page with hateful remarks.
- Uber has been sued by Google for “using stolen technology”, claims Business Insider.
- This year has also seen the resignation of several important men and women from Uber, either heading towards different directions or joining competitors.
- Surely, it doesn’t help that Lyft is taking advantage of all of this to gain supporters left and right.
We can’t see what comes after this. The company that revolutionized how people move from one location to another in a safe (debatable) environment, is now the target of un-installs on smartphones and protests.
Is their time coming to an end?
If you’re interested in reading Kalanick’s message to his staff, we’ve got you covered.
I wanted to let you know that Jeff Jones has decided to resign from Uber.
Jeff joined Uber in October 2016 from being CMO at retailer Target. In 6 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.
After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber. It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly.
Rachel, Pierre and Mac will continue to lead the Global Ops teams, reporting to me until we have signed a COO. Troy Stevenson, who leads CommOps, and Shalin Amin who leads brand design will report to Rachel Holt. Ab Gupta will report to Andrew MacDonald.