Uber's No. 2 executive quits after 6 months

Uber president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert who joined just six months ago to help soften Uber's abrasive image, has quit because his "beliefs and approach to leadership" were incompatible with what he "saw and experienced at Uber".

The letter suggests that Jones, who previously worked for Target, made the decision to leave after Kalanick announced that he would look to hire a Chief Operating Officer. He was in charge of Uber's branding, customer support and operations divisions.

Jones wished the "thousands of incredible people at the company" well. He added Uber's central goal, and the numerous skilled individuals have been working there to make it a reality, and that is the reason why he has consented to remain on as a consultant. Alas, it's likely safe to say that much, if not all, of the aforementioned controversy played a role.

The scandals range from allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work culture to the combative behavior of Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick.

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Claiming that an engineer now employed by Uber downloaded 9.7 gigabytes of "highly confidential" files six weeks before departing its employ, Alphabet's self-driving auto division, Waymo, is suing Uber for allegedly misappropriating its trade secrets, as we reported February 23. (Singhal reportedly did not disclose to Uber that he was investigated for sexual harassment at his previous job.) Brian McClendon, vice president of maps, is also leaving, it was announced on Sunday. The former Google engineer wants to get involved in politics in Kansas, where he's from, and will remain an advisor to Uber, where he has been for two years. "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 public commentary", Kalanick said.

It's also facing pressure on other aspects, with Google now suing the company for allegedly stealing its self-driving technology. The New York Times reported that Uber had developed a tool that it used to deliberately deceive authorities in cities that had either banned the app or were trying to restrict its use.

Uber is not having a very good year, with controversy after controversy hounding the cab-hailing company like flies chasing a dying animal.

Last month, video footage showed the company's chief executive Travis Kalanick berating a driver who had complained about pay cuts. And others from Uber's staff have recently stepped down, including vice president of product and growth Ed Baker and security researcher Charlie Miller. Kalanick is looking for a new second in command that could help him steer the company's trajectory.

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