Uber president's exit adds to string of controversies

Uber president's exit adds to string of controversies

The turmoil at Uber has further deepened with the ride-hailing service's President Jeff Jones announcing his resignation after just six months in the job.

San Francisco-based Uber has also been rocked by disclosures about a culture of sexism and its covert use of law enforcement-evading software.

After Bloomberg published a video on February 28 showing Kalanick berating an Uber driver, he said he would seek "leadership help" and was planning to hire a chief operating officer.

Jones joined Uber in the fall after a five-year stint at Target as the retail giant's CMO.

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In a statement that the Ex-President has sent to Recode; he says that his approach and beliefs are not consistent with what he has seen and experienced at Uber; and that he can no more continue being the President. Two BBC sources at the company have said that Kalanick could step down once the new COO is in place. According to Recode, more departures are expected now that Uber staffers have received bonuses on March 15 related to employee reviews.

The latter role was one that was concocted after CEO and founder Travis Kalanick was shown getting into a row with an Uber driver on the vehicle's dashcam.

He signed off by saying the company has "thousands of wonderful people at the company" and he wishes everyone at the company well.

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Presently Uber is facing a lawsuit from Alphabate Inc's autonomous auto division that accused the company of stealing their technology known as LiDAR.

Last week, Raffi Krikorian, a director in Uber's self-driving division, announced he was leaving, while earlier this month, Gary Marcus, co-director in Uber's in-house AI research arm, departed the company less than four months after joining, having come aboard when Uber acquired his startup Geometric Intelligence in December.

An increasing list of troubles that plagued Uber in recent months, also included a former software engineer for Uber's allegations earlier this month that she was subjected to sexual harassment while working at the company, including being propositioned for sex by her manager. He brought in Uber adviser and former USA attorney general Eric Holder to conduct an internal investigation and began his hunt for a COO.

To top it all off, Uber is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet-owned company Waymo alleging the auto service company stole their designs for its self-driving vehicle technology known as Lidar.

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Uber called that the decision completely out of a blue moon.

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