More Departures in Uber as Two Executives Leave

Ellen Pao stepped down from her job as Reddit's CEO just months after she was appointed. 
 Jana Kasperkevic

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Brian McClendon, vice president of the ride-hailing startup's maps and business platform, will leave by the end of the month, according to Recode. The latest employee to leave is Uber President Jeff Jones, who called it quits after just six months on the job.

"Jones sent a statement to recode in which he said he ".joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term".

Jones joined Uber in August after serving as chief marketing officer at the retail giant Target Corp.

After less than a year as president of Uber, Jeff Jones is leaving the embattled ride-hailing company, Uber confirms.

"Over the last six months, Ryan and I have become increasingly convinced that our rapidly growing marketing efforts needed to be far more integrated with our city operations", Kalanick wrote in a post announcing Jones' hire.

In its statement, Uber did not acknowledge the concerns Jones raised, but wished him luck in future endeavors.

In a brief statement, Uber didn't say why Jones left.

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In early March, Kalanick announced Uber's search for a new COO.

Jeff Jones in happier times. He also was president of its main ride-sharing business.

The departure of Mr. McClendon was harmonious and he would stay as an adviser to the company.

After this string of controversies, Uber has been playing defensive, especially with Kalanick announcing an internal investigation based on Fowler's allegations.

Then came the video that showed Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver who had complained about cuts to rates paid to drivers, resulting in Kalanick making a public apology.

In addition to this weekend's two executive departures, Uber has faced something of an executive exodus this year. Uber is also now trying to find a COO, a new role for the company and one that seems likely to include numerous president's responsibilities. He said that he was moving back to his home state Kansas to explore politics. Top Engineer, Amit Singhal was also asked to resign as he failed to disclose the claims of sexual harassment against him at Google, his previous employer.

Recode suggested, citing anonymous sources, that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's announcement that he was seeking "leadership help" and meant to hire a new Chief Operating Officer also played a role in Jones' decision to leave. The company has been in engaged in various controversies during the last few months.

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