Uber President Jeff Jones Quits

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Uber Technologies Inc. President Jeff Jones has quit the compant, amid multiple controversies engulfing the ride-hailing company.

Mr. Jones quit less than seven months after joining the San Francisco company, an Uber spokesman said on Sunday.

Jones, previously Target's chief marketing officer, was brought on by CEO Travis Kalanick last fall to boost Uber's reputation.

In a statement to Reuters, Mr. Jones said he could not continue as president of a business with which he was incompatible.

"I joined Uber because of its mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long term," Jones said.

"It is now clear, however, that 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," he added. Jones wished the "thousands of amazing people at the company" well.

Uber confirmed the departure, saying in a statement: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”

And, in a note to staff, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said: “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber. 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 comment publicly.”

Uber then faced a number of bad PR revelations over the past couple months, including a #DeleteUber social media campaign and allegations it routinely ignores sexual harassment.

-Devashree Goenka