Uber's president quits after six months

Jones was a marketing expert, who was hired just seven months ago to help soften the company's often abrasive image, said an Uber spokesperson, reported Gadgets360. Although this appears to be the reason Jeff Jones left Uber, a statement issued by CEO Travis Kalanick says otherwise.

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.

Much of Jones' initial tenure as president of Uber was spent meeting with drivers, after which he sent drivers an email about what he learned and what the company intends to do. It was thought that Mr. Jones was not happy that the company was hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates.

In February, Amit Singhal was sacked from his job after shocking allegations about a sexual harassment at his former job merged.

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According to Forbes magazine, Uber's lofty value gives Kalanick a personal net worth of $6.3 billion.

Uber hired Jones previous year from USA retail giant Target Corp., where he was chief marketing officer. Earlier this month Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and growth and Charlie Miller, Uber's famed security researcher, too parted ways with the ride-hailing giant. More than 200,000 users deleted their Uber accounts following Kalanick's continued involvement on Trump's advisory council and Uber's seeming undermining of the immigration ban protests at JFK. A month later, a former employee wrote a blog post about sexual discrimination she faced as an engineer at the company, prompting a company-wide independent investigation.

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.

"I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up", Kalanick said later in an apology email to the entire company. Google's former Amit Singhal didn't leave but was asked to resign from Uber at the end of February over reports that he failed to disclose to Uber about the sexual harassment claim back when he was working at Google. Two separate, well-placed sources at the company have told the BBC that Mr Kalanick will likely step down as chief executive soon after the new COO is in place.

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