Uber president Jeff Jones quits amid turmoil

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Image BRITTANY HERBERT MASHABLE

Jeff Jones' tenure at Uber proved brief. He's not leaving the closely held company because of the COO search, the website reported.

Jones' departure is directly related to the multiple recent controversies dogging the San Francisco-based startup, Recode reported Sunday. His remit was to improve Uber's brand, but as the company's one of the companies top executives, he had ringside seats during an especially rollercoaster month for Uber, who are no stranger to controversy but had new problems, ranging from sexual harassment allegations, to the resignation of another top executive.

Jones said "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". Ed Baker, Uber's VP of product and growth, also quit Uber this month, according to Recode.

A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.

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And earlier this month Uber confirmed it had used a secret technology program dubbed "Greyball", which effectively changes the app view for specific riders, to evade authorities in cities where the service has been banned.

Jones joined Uber in August and was widely expected to be Kalanick's No. 2.

Jones' role as president meant he was in charge of all of Uber's operations, marketing, and customer support around the globe - a position that unseated Uber's first CEO Ryan Graves.

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