Daily Management Review

Uber's President steps down


03/20/2017


Jeff Jones, President of online taxi service Uber announced his resignation after nearly seven months of working with the company.



Elliott Brown
Elliott Brown
"We are thanking Jeff for six months of work in the company and wish him all the best," - said Uber in a press release.

Jones’ reasons to leave are not too clear. However, experts almost unanimously say that his resignation is a signal about an increasingly complex situation in the company and deterioration of its affairs. Previously, Jones served as a chief marketing director.

One of the possible reasons could be the fact that that earlier in March, Uber announced opening a post of the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). This post has been created in an attempt to stabilize Uber and improve its image in the eyes of the public and authorities. Jones has not been offered to become the COO, although he performed a significant part of the relevant duties as president of Uber.

Meanwhile, Recode reports that Jones's departure could be caused by continuing manifestations of sexism in Uber, hushing up of cases of gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

In February, founder and head of Uber, Travis Kalanick, left the economic council under President of the United States, Donald Trump, after he was attacked by a wave of criticism from the public and his own employees.

Kalanick recently became a hero of a scandalous video, where he was arguing with one of Uber drivers regarding lower transportation fees. Publication of the video forced Uber’s head to admit that he needed help with the company’s management, after which the position of Chief Operating Officer was announced the introduction of the.

"After we announced our intention to hire a chief operating officer, Jeff came to a conclusion that he does not see a future for himself in Uber," wrote Travis Kalanick in a letter to the staff, regretting that Jones' resignation "was announced through the press. "

As two sources in Uber’s management told to BBC News, in all likelihood, Kalanik himself will leave his post after a new COO is appointed.

It is assumed that these changes in Uber should encourage investors ahead of the long-awaited initial public offering of the company's shares. After several rounds of capital raising, Uber is estimated at $ 68 billion, but industry experts make no secret that this estimate could be overstated.

Recall, in late January, the Internet launched a campaign #deleteUber with a call to users to delete Uber mobile application. Simultaneously, the Internet sounded with calls to use services of competitive taxi service Lyft. As a result, Lyft for the first time outrun Uber by the number of downloads of its mobile application in the Apple Store. Such a drastic change in the American consumers’ preferences is attributed to the fact that they suspected the service in links with President Trump’s administration.

Uber is an international technology company developing mobile services for calling cars with a personal driver. The company renders services in more than 520 cities in almost 70 countries.

source: bbc.com






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